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Health and Trust: Trust as a resource

I talk a lot about the design of  healthy work systems.  But what actually determines whether or not a work system is healthy or unhealthy?  One of the fundamental ways to tell is whether or not people have adequate resources to meet the ongoing demands of their jobs, and can control those resources. The term ‘resources’ here means […]

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Health and Trust: Trusting people’s needs

As an engineer, I’m surprised how often I hear the language of manufacturing and machine productivity used to describe people’s performance.  I once worked at a consulting firm where each person was evaluated by his or her “utilization rate,” (“UT”). UT is a measure of productivity originating in manufacturing. It’s the ratio of the number of hours a machine is running compared to the […]