Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased 7.5 percent in the first quarter of 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output decreased 2.4 percent and hours worked increased 5.5 percent. This is the largest decline in quarterly productivity since the third quarter of 1947, when the measure decreased 11.7 percent.
That was coming off a war when we were converting back to peacetime industrial production.
This is coming off two years of worker abuse by employers and the government, both intentionally inflicted and both have served very well to destroy morale and willingness to produce, never mind catering to the crazy in people's minds and effectively paying them for their own personal insanities.
As was learned in the USSR the hard way, and in every other nation that has tried to run something similar while you can force people to show up by threatening them in some way you can't make them actually produce to their potential. That's impossible, and when the people get upset enough or consumed enough with other things, like $5/gallon gasoline and skyrocketing food prices they don't produce very much.
Dedicating your "company ethos" to various social constructs no matter what they are also destroys morale and ultimately output. The simple fact is that anyone who is cranked off about such a thing and wants to do the Reeeeeeeeeee! demonstration, again no matter the cause, will be out-performed by any person who says "meh" to such a cause and simply does their job. It is simply the fact that every person has a limited amount of resource and that which you expend on other things while on company time is destructive to the productivity of the firm. As a result catering to that nonsense as a CEO instead of barring it and firing anyone who demonstrates it in every case, no matter the cause or claimed purpose always costs the company in terms of output per unit of compensation, which is why when I ran MCSNet I had zero tolerance for any of that crap and didn't care what the cause was.
It wasn't that I didn't have opinions -- of course I did, just like everyone else does.
It's that I showed up every day as the CEO to write code, configure networks, figure out how to best allocate the human and machine resources we had, how costs and gross income were related, which suppliers I had to hammer and what innovation I had to work on to lower the cost of producing our services, where to try to drive sales such that the costs were lowered instead of increased and determine ways to get more output out of less hardware by being more efficient in everything we did. And, when necessary, I drank a metric ton of coffee so as to be able to keep performing even though whatever bad thing was going on in my life, or just the demands placed on my limited capacity as a human being, might otherwise impair same.
During the hours I was in the office that was where 100% of my mental and physical capacity was going, not into some pet social cause irrespective of how strongly I felt about it.
This report is trouble folks.