Time to see the forest through the trees (editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2001

When top executives hear employees are working full-throttle they laud themselves — and their managers — on the ability to hit high levels of productivity. Stress, and the burnout it causes, are seen as a cost of doing business. Those who fall by the wayside are simply rolled into turnover stats.

So while HR professionals may shake their heads at senior leaders who brush off tales of time-crunched employees, there may be another argument to dispel the notion that productivity is all that matters. Pursuing productivity at all costs leaves little room for anything else. This is where opportunities to improve competitiveness are being lost.

When daily routines necessitate full attention to productivity — or just plain getting the job done ASAP — there’s little room for chasing opportunities that could benefit the organization and the bottom line.