Smiling for Profit: Good-bye, Employment: Hello, Entrepreneurship on the Job (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/2/26
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Technology strives to raise productivity, yet productivity is barely rising. Why? Because human productivity declines since employment became obsolete. Workers should invest labor for profit.
In this book, every chapter's title is phrased as a question, and then the author answers it by presenting his views about a broad range of topics, that are all related to the title of the book. The use of math in the book is minimal, thus making it easier to read for the broader public, and the illustrations are quite funny.
In the university environment in which I work, earnings are a small part of the motivation to do work, in fact, to do it well. The work itself motivates us to achieve success. Apparently, at production and service workplaces, earnings are a major motivator. If earnings will consist of wages that the worker invests with a view to making a profit, several positive outcomes would occur. The gnawing feeling of being exploited would vanish, which should end the adversarial worker/employer relationship. Workers would join their employer as a team for a common goal - profit maximization.
These ideas make a lot of sense to me. Read the book and see for yourself. It is an easy read, given the novelty of the topic. I enjoyed reading it. It made me think of a whole range if issues around the employer/employee relations.