Countering a Busyness Culture
Busy, busy, busy… Professor Waytz of Kellogg School of Management rightly argues that in the current business world almost everyone feels busy and busyness has become a status symbol. He says a culture of busyness
exists, in which we consider hard-working people to be "morally admirable" (regardless of their meaningful output). The effects are well known and disastrous - both for employees and for the productivity of the organization.
Most interestingly, in HBR Mar-Apr 2023, Waytz recommends 5 approaches as "antidotes"
for companies who want to do something about it, we might call it "organizational time management":
1. Reward output, not just activity.
2. Assess whether your organization is generating deep work and eliminating low-value work.
3. Force people off the clock.
4. Model the right behavior.
5. Build slack into the system (avoid overly strict constraints on time, resources, budget).
⇨I am looking forward to your thoughts and experiences. Please focus in this thread on the organizational, culture level, not what individuals can do themselves.