Yeah I totally thought this would have something to do with Romney, heh.
Forty years later, Jeremy Pool, a graduate student in anthropology, spent more than a year living among them in the attempt to develop a doctoral dissertation. He too found almost nothing interesting to say about the Baining, and the experience caused him to leave anthropology and go into computer science
Love this. I can just imagine him standing up one day going “Fuck this! I’m learning Fortran” and storming off.
If the productivity increases resultant from giving more vacation are actually real, and not simply imagined, then it seems that businesses would do such a thing voluntarily. I see little need to have the government mandate such at thing.
Regarding the original article, it was quite interesting. I especially found it interesting how they made the comparison of the culture to hunter-gatherers… it made me wonder, do other primitive agricultural societies have a similar aversion to playing?
Where did this idea that all businesses are run at 100% profit-optimized come from? It’s not the case by a long shot, and I think we all know that. I challenge any person on this board to tell me about their workplace where there’s not a single piece of deadweight employed that couldn’t be replaced by a younger, better employee for less money. Business philanthropy wouldn’t exist, especially among monopolies like Utilities.
Certainly businesses aren’t automatically optimal in all cases… Lots of businesses fail.
But I think that, generally, successful businesses do in fact embrace principles that are beneficial… You’d at least see SOME businesses do it, and then those actions would lead to success for them, and then other businesses would follow by example in order to stay competitive.
I don’t think I really buy into the idea that there is some kind of secret sauce for running a business, that no ACTUAL businesses have figured out, and that only a handful of academics understand… and that these undeniable truths that no one has realized must be forcibly imposed upon those businesses, for their own good.
I can understand the distrust of academics, the air does get thin up there in the ivory towers after all, but trusting business is equally daft. My experience with corporate America is that there is a constant struggle to figure out the right way to do things. Managing a business is hard and counter-intuitive good ideas that sacrifice short term profitability for long term gain are exactly the kind of idea that business are most skeptical about embracing.
I’m not actually sure about the vacation idea improving productivity myself, but I won’t dismiss it because of your supposition that if it was a good idea businesses would already be doing it.
It’s weird that you would ask this on a primarily gaming board, considering the known counter-productivity issues with crunching, and the fact that it’s still common practice with many game developers.