Or, is it laziness to be smart?
I have just read an article that made me reflect deeply on what constitutes laziness.
Here is the article,
What is laziness?
Inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
Relaxed and easy activity • the laziness of the day helped her to relax
Apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
= acedia, sloth
When workers automate their own duties, being able to deliver the required output within a miniscule portion of the anticipated delivery period, who should reap the benefits – the employee or employer?
I am not joking. For 40 hours each week, I go to work, play League of Legends in my office, browse Reddit, and do whatever I feel like. In the past six years, I have maybe done 50 hours of real work.
Can this employee be called dishonest, or lazy? Or, should he be free to enjoy the fruits of his ingenuity, as he pleases, given that the output required of him is being delivered?
Can we not liken this to someone who has found a way to make his money work harder than hinself, and consequently free him from the need to work? Could we consider such a person lazy or see him as being more efficient in deploying his brains?
Like a great mind said to me long long ago,
He who is unable to use his brains to work efficiently would have to use his physical body to work laboriously all his life.
This may sound callous, but is the plain truth.
The reason why someone digging a macadamized road in the blazing sun may be earning a tiny fraction of another using his brains in an airconditioned room. The two are working, but one is achieving more with less .
Is it unethical for the smart programmer to not disclose that he has automated his entire job?
If a job that used to take a week now requires 5 minutes, who should benefit?.
I used to have a boss who hated to see his employees ever idle, even if the momentary idleness is a result of your simply being very efficient at what you do, and doing the work of three people while earning the salary of one.
This caused employees to become slack in expeditiously finishing up their jobs.
For me, a man should be judged by the output, not the direct effort expended in achieving results, the reason why PayPerPeriod Jobs could be unfair on the employer…
Grade people on the Laziness Index by their Output Per Period. Someone choosing to use better tools or leverage or optimization or superior knowledge to achieve more with less, faster, deserves to reap all the benefits for himself..
Work smart, not hard..