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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/16/2015 | 3:07:49 PM
Re: Gimme a break
@vnewman2- Don't worry. Reports seem to suggest that surgeons spend most of your operaton just chatting anyway. :)
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9/17/2015 | 9:52:38 AM
Re: Gimme a break
@vnewmans2- Agreed, but I think the problem with the "work when there is work to do" is that there is ALWAYS work to do. To me, the issue is convincing enterprises that shortening the work week (let's face it, who even works 40 hours anymore?) and hiring more people will actually make all of those people productive. 

A few years ago I covered a plan for a 20 hour work week that made total sense in every way except from the point of view of enterprises. I think the one major sticking point is that most enterprises rely on a few star employees on each team to get the bulk of work done. Take those stars from 40 hours (or 50 or 60) to 20 and the teams suffer.

The topping point will be when technology allows star workers to get 50 hours of work done in 20.

that was a major theme at Dreamforce yesterday while I was there. Marc Benioff, Satya Nadella, and Travis Kalanick all mention specifically that the scarcest resource in the enterprise was time. 
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9/17/2015 | 2:15:56 PM
Re: Gimme a break
@vnewman2- I'm planning an article later this week on this very topic. But the short answer is that all of these leaders were talking about basically the same thing-- that smart technology compbined with analytics and automation should be able to give time back to the workerr rather than draining them.

Benioff showed how changes to Salesforce would allow for it to help plan the day of the worker so they could offload a lot of their email reading. Nadella talked about changes to Outlook that could help you manage your time with smart analytics. Uber is making changes so you don't have to wait as long for a ride and so they can deliver stuff to you so you use less of your time moving yourself around. And everyone all said the same thing, that their goal was to give back time. 

On Friday or shortly after, I'll be wrapping some themes around Dreamforce and that is one I'll focus more on.
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9/21/2015 | 1:55:50 PM
Re: Gimme a break

Sadly, Jim I don't think this will ever be possible our legislative process is built to be long and cumbersome and technology is moving at a lightening pace. Laws will always be struggling to catch up and then they will become outdated as quickly as they were enacted because the technology changed during the approval process.

 

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David Wagner,
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9/22/2015 | 6:15:41 PM
Re: Gimme a break
@Pedro- We certainly aren't made to sit at a computer for 8 hours. Funny enough, we weren't made to make widgets in a factory or pick cotton or mine coal either.

The interesting thing is that we have these bodies that are evolving slower than the society we live in. We've still got hunter-gatherer bodies in a grocery store world. We have to make some compromises to make sure everything works for our bodies and the civilization we're crafting.


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