Who is the better worker? Based on a true story.
At the Widget Factory, workers wee expected to make 100 widgets each every
day. Anything less than 85 would get you a warning, three warnings you are
Stan goes to hs bench at the start of the shift. He takes a quick break
and is back in the allotted time. Takes lunch and promptly return. At the
end of the day, he is able to make 90 widgets, the best of his ability.
Richard punches in on time but is usually a few minutes late getting to his
Every half hour he is out taking a smoke break. At lunch, he is the first
to wash up, last to return. More smoke breaks in the afternoon. He alow
wanders down tot he supply room sometime chatting with othersa long htee
way. At the end of the shift he is washed up and standing at the time
clock, first to punch out. At t he end of the day, he's made 120 widgets,
yet some call him a slacker because he is always away from his bench so
Big Boss says Richard is no longer alllowed to wander away. He goes from
120 Widgets to 99 per day but Big Boss is happy because Richard is now a
New model Widget II is starting production. No one knows how to make it.
Richard ignores those trying. Engineer that designed part comes and tries
and fails after a day. Bring in tooling man at big bucks. He too fails
after a half day. Everyone but Richard goes to lunch.
Ten minutes later, Richard puts perfect Widget II on my desk and asks, "is
it OK if I go down to the storeroom?" Yes, you can and you can have a
Richard is his real names and he made parts on a Pines tubing bender better
and faster than anyone. He worked in spurts so no, your argument that he
could produce more if he stayed at the machine were proven wrong time and
again. Many people are best productive if just left alone to do their jobs.
Posted from work.