INCREASES PRODUCTIVITY, MENTAL HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
The thing to remember is that is no matter which way one looks at things making things easy. This has to be the best way around most complexities. Is it a lazy man’s way or is it a clever man’s way? I’m going to have to root for the latter. You might be surprised how many people disagree with this.
It is brought back to mind for me from having lived on a farm in Africa where in most cases one is dealing with an uneducated workforce and where labour used to be cheap. That’s not the argument here but what it does boil down to is using some imagination and amateur psychology. For example most farmers will say that it’s impossible for a man doing something in 4 hours to do more than a man working 8 hours. As it turns out they are wrong. I would love to try and explain this to you and it doesn’t just work in those situations but in most I can think of. You don’t believe me? Please read on.
The other thing to remember is timing. Let’s just say one wants to hoe or weed one’s crop. Get in early when there are only a few weeds visible and set your worker a task. No longer possible in today’s world due to political correctness. But because there are so few weeds give him a larger area to weed. His mental process is, that’s too much then he sees there aren’t many weeds and he gets stuck in.
As opposed to waiting until there are lots of weeds and giving him a smaller area to weed. His mental process is there’s too many weeds and I can’t do it.
Once he is finished he is done ( whether it takes him 4hrs or 9hrs ) and this is where management comes into play because left to his own devices the worker will just sneak off. So insist on checking his work yourself before allowing him to leave. I have proved this over and over and over again on my farms and consistently covered three to four times the area a farmer doing the same job but working set hours has done. What happens in the latter case is that no matter how hard a worker works he earns nothing for this and will work at the pace of the slowest worker. His mental process being why must I cover double the amount of ground than someone else for the same recompense.
Whereas in the former case he earns some time for himself to go fishing or something else and it soon becomes obvious to management who your best workers are. So when these people ask for a raise you are more inclined to give, but to raise their productivity accordingly
I just used a simple example on a simple farm. There is actually a lot more to it than that. When setting the task I would individually set each task according to how many weeds there were in different parts of the land. Then take a running metre step and make a square, then time how long it took me to do it. Then set it at 80% efficiency ( no man can work at 100% ) and then divide that time into 8hrs and that is the number of metres the person must do.
The whole point being that making things easy doesn’t mean working less hard, it just means making all around lifestyle easier and giving people incentives. The list is almost endless in anything one does being scrubbing the floor on your hand’s and knee’s or using a power scrubber designed by some bright mind.
Think about it and have a say on how YOU think and it pertains to all works of life?