OPD (Obsessive Productivity Disorder)

Did you know that NZ has a Productivity Commission? I didn’t, until I Googled ‘productivity’ in order to write this blog. According to the website, “The Government has asked the Commission to investigate how to make overall improvements in the design and operation of regulatory regimes in New Zealand.”

Productivity is defined by Statistics New Zealand as “a measure of how efficiently production inputs are being used within the economy to produce output.” It goes on to say that a key determinant of a nation’s standard of living is an improvement in productivity.

But have we gone too far with productivity? Has it become an obsession? Do we conflate the meaning of productivity with stress, busyness and over-achievement?