The paradoxes and contradictions of work | by Ted Bauer | Jul, 2022 | Medium:
The busy paradox
Being busy is not being productive. Never has been, never will be.
The attention to detail paradox
A lot of times, an executive will say Susie has a “tremendous attention to detail.” Then you think that’s curious, because your name is Ted and Susie has called you Todd for six months.
The employment-happiness paradox
In western societies, when unemployment drops (more people working), general societal happiness goes down. That seems telling.
The engagement paradox
People want to be “engaged” in their work, but it’s not tracked or recorded in any tangible way, so it becomes another ignored thing.
What the fuck is even going on at most companies? – The Context Of Things:
In one study, 95% of employees indicated not knowing what the strategy of where they work is
Per Gallup, 82% of managers end up being the wrong hire
60% of managers say they “don’t have the time” to respect their employees
95% of companies indicate making “bad hires” consistently, and 33%+ of those “aren’t sure of the cost” associated with that
67% of senior leaders can’t name the priority of their CEO
7 in 10 enterprise employees may spend most of their week on “low-value, overlapping” tasks
Poor middle management costs the U.S. about $3 trillion (with a T) per year
Numerous companies report being “unclear” on what job roles they need