Skip to main content


Measuring the productivity of the white collar industry worker is coming. Already well entrenched in places like call centers and assembly line work, I recently listened to an expert on the radio announce its imminent arrival.

The obvious danger? Adding stress and the feeling that the employee is not to be trusted.

When I began in my business almost 30 years ago, we had rudimentary technology and office hours were very much fixed. Contrast this with today and millenials are multi tasking from home while monitoring children or having repairmen fix their fridges. They come and go with greater ease but on the other hand are taking calls from Australia late into the evening disrupting the family routine.

I work my own unusual hours in order to more effectively live as a woman part-time and my company knows what I can do. My experience and ability to deliver a good product is what ultimately counts.

I believe this is where the danger lies in trying to measure productivity. I now spend much less time to do a better job because I know where all the pitfalls reside and do not waste time. I will also produce a more cohesive product than someone who has worked only a few years.

This is where technology will not serve the common good and risk turning professions which require much mental energy into assembly line rigor that does not yield positive gains.

I understand the motive but cannot help but vehemently disagree with the approach.

I don't think more Big Brother is the answer.


  1. As an ex-professional/executive employee I understand the need to monitor and enhance productivity in all aspects of business operations. After all, that’s how CEOs are measured and compensated: revenue/profit/growth. Perhaps that’s the root problem: determine alternative measures to define business success. The rest would follow.

    Unfortunately I just don't see how it's possible for companies to redefine success. Everyone, globally, is motivated by money. Maybe we need to replace capitalism with socialism? Good luck with that.

    Sorry to be so negative. I've been contemplating this situation for years and am frustrated that I have been unsuccessful in coming up with any solutions.

    1. The way my company currently operates Emma is deliverable and goal oriented and not how many minutes are spent at each task. This would be a huge mistake in my opinion because it adds stress plus each person has their own style. As long as they remain within the allotted number of budgeted hours for the task they should spend the time as they will. As soon as we start monitoring bathroom and coffee time we are screwed.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

One transgender woman's take on AGP

This entry from the transhealth website dates back to 2001 and it offers a very nice dissection of the now mostly debunked but still controversial AGP theory and how this transgender woman could care two cents about it. People who have been trying to marginalize the experience of gynephilic transwomen have pushed for the stigmatizing idea that they are actually perverted men. Well this soul, who couldn't give a hoot either way, isn't buying any of it and her frankness at times had me chuckling to myself as I read her posting. If we ever met I would give her a hug for seeing through the BS but mostly for being herself: "About a year ago I was reading on Dr. Anne Lawrence’s site about a new theory of the origin of trans called “autogynephilia.” This theory asserts that many trans women—and transsexual women in particular—desire reassignment surgery because they are eroticizing the feminization of their bodies. The first thing that struck me about it, of course, was t

my last post

This will be my last blog post. When I wrote recently that this blog had another seven years of life in it I was trying to convince myself that it was true. It was in fact a little bit of self delusion. With almost 3,000 posts to date I have accomplished what I set out to do which was to heal myself and in the process share some of the struggle I had been through with others on the chance they might find some value in my words. After seven years of writing, my life still isn't perfect; no one's is. But I have discovered a path forward completely free of the trappings which society would have had me adopt so I could fit in. Over the last 25 years of my life I have turned over every stone I could find while exploring this topic and in the process realized that we haven't even begun to scratch the surface of this deeply complex subject. What I have ultimately learned is that my instincts have more value than what someone who isn't gender dysphoric writes about me. We

Never Say Never....

 I was certain that I would never post here again and yet, here I am. It’s been several years, and life has changed me yet again. I have burrowed further into my psyche to discover more internal truths about myself all in the silence of a life lived with more periods of reflective solitude than ever before. After attempting for many years to be a problem solver for others, I needed to dig deeply to discover who I was, which should be a necessity for all people and an absolute imperative for those of us who dare rub against the grain of conventional society. The most important thing we can do for ourselves is honor the internal voice which has driven us since childhood. That whisper which we were compelled to ignore through our initial indoctrination must be listened to again for guidance. I knew I had spent too long heeding messaging that wasn’t working for me as a trans person, and it was time to stop. For the world gleefully basks in a level ignorance and hypocrisy we are not abl