The world is going productivity crazy. And Singapore is along for the ride.
Go to your local hawker market and count how many hawkers are still preparing fresh food for your pleasure and nourishment.
Pop into the kitchen of an up-market restaurant and see how much pre-prepared, mass-produced ingredients are being used.
Place your order for Katong Laksa on an iPad and pray your fat fingers hit the right buttons as they strive to improve performance.
This isn’t bad in and of itself. I’m all for improved productivity, but we seem to be taking any remaining interest out of every job.
Which means that your talent are actually not engaged in their work. Which means they perform less quickly and enthusiastically. Which reduces productivity.
So let’s stop messing about with expensive productivity solutions. Here are two real simple, very low tech tips that any leader can use immediately to reduce productivity in their team.
Guaranteed 35% Productivity reduction
Demand a report, data or presentation with a difficult deadline. When they bring the required document to you, ignore them completely.
Do not acknowledge them in any way.
If they don’t add the document to an existing pile on your desk, take it and place it there without comment.
For an even better 38% productivity reduction
Demand a report on something that requires a lot of effort to an impossible deadline. This time, when they bring the report, take it and immediately shred it. If you have to say anything, tell them that the report is no longer necessary.
To maintain further reduce levels of productivity, continue in this fashion until the individual finally quits.