Back in 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes wrote in “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren:”
… we shall endeavour to spread the bread thin on the butter – to make what work there is still to be done to be as widely shared as possible. Three-hour shifts or a fifteen-hour week may put off the problem for a great while. For three hours a day is quite enough to satisfy the old Adam in most of us!
This has been frequently scoffed at. But maybe at Google, inside the 60 hours weeks there lurks a 15 hour week of actual work?
Commenter Almost Missouri says:
January 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm GMT • 200 Words( Edit-2150255)
Maybe I’m out of touch, but scanning through the James Damore lawsuit file, what leaps out at me most is the question, “Does anyone actually work for a living anymore?”
Vast amounts of time at the company supposedly on the cutting edge of productiveness, Google, are spent in what appear to be nonstop poz yakfests: publishing political manifestos and memes, lobbying for peer bonuses, discussing the proper way of announcing one’s polygamy, lecturing on life as a “dragonkin plural being”, etc.
All strength and power to Mr. Damore, but looking over his lengthy memo, I can’t help but think that when I worked in corporate America, I wouldn’t have had time to compose such a thing, and had anyone reporting to me done so, I would have had … reservations about their time management, even if I agreed with what they wrote.
Is Google so rich that it can afford to be endlessly, epically stupid? Longevity despite imbecility was alleged about the even more rich USA, and we all know where that is heading…
BTW, does Google actually make money from anything beyond it’s online advertising monopoly that dates from the 1990s? From what I can tell, all of its side hustles, spin-offs, “moon-shots”, etc. are money losers. Just a lot of heat/noise/flash to obscure that it still relies financially on that billion-dollar river of nickels that is AdWords.