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This may work for awhile, but experts are starting to see signs of cracking. The blog from Harvard Business Review highlighted how the continued move toward "more, bigger, faster for longer" might not be such a great thing.
Instead, the higher productivity levels are a result of fear, according to blog author Tony Schwartz, author of The Way We Work Isn't Working. And as a result of that, the productivity we're seeing is somewhat superficial and not sustainable.
Productivity numbers measure quantity as opposed to quality, and if your primary measure is quantity, odds are that quality will suffer in order to meet the new expected levels of output per person. And fixing that loss of quality could take longer than doing the entire project would have taken if things were done right the first time. Schwartz cites the recent problems at Toyota as an example.
The key is finding a balance, and making sure you're not overworking your work force. If demand is ramping up, you may have to add people back to the work force - even if it's just temporary workers until you know if the demand is sustainable.
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