While I’m a tad skittish about admitting this — for fear of looking like a slacker — I’ve always been a big believer in skimming work or academic-related reading because it is generally so time consuming. So I feel a little vindicated after reading this piece in The New York Times, written by Robert Pozen, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, which suggests that one area workers can improve efficiency is to “reduce reading.”
Pozen argues that managers that reward time spent at the office over efficiency are living in the past, “harking back to the standardized nature of work on an assembly line.”
Pozen continues, per NYT: But a measurement system based on hours makes no sense for knowledge workers. Their contribution should be measured by the value they create through applying their ideas and skills.
On that note, he suggests that workers may lead the way for the success of their organization by judging themselves on results, not hours spent at the desk, and offers three useful tips to become a more efficient worker.