Adjustment Games

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A paradigm of employment exists. Eight hour shifts occur five days a week and involve an hourly value or yearly salary for tasks performed. One works for a company or entity and is expected to perform the tasks for which he or she is employed while “on the clock.” Though still in use and likely an automatic notion for the majority of employers and employees, does this model still function in contemporary society?

How can one maximize efficiency in a system where tasks are less mechanical and more creative? Unlike physical jobs such as those based on agriculture and manufacturing, jobs where creativity is the major tool in use demand different types of performance. Workers in the creative field may remain stationary during their shift and may not even create a single item for the company. For some, an entire career may pass without a single physical object being created. Unlike the farmer or factory worker whose every shift involves the manipulation or creation of actual objects, the creative field involves abstraction and accomplishments that may be beyond the physical realm.

This new world where abstraction is at play requires a different type of work day. Workers whose primary tool is their creativity cannot be expected to perform at a steady rate. Varied moods and levels of inspiration lead to varied levels of success and employers who recognize this have a greater chance at success. The ideal employer recognizes this varied level of performance and creates a day based on this variety. Workers in the creative fields do not need an eight hour block of time to function; instead, a day based on their own design allows them to create as their brains drive them forward.

Unlike older models of employment, our contemporary economy is best served by a looser form of structure. Workers in the creative fields should be allowed to work at times of their choosing and employers should strive more for the quality of time provided to a company. An army of drones may look busy but if quality suffers a serious problem is in hiding. Maximum efficiency does not mean maximum structure.

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