Associated Press today published a story stating: “Worker productivity fell this spring more quickly than previously estimated and labor costs rose at a faster clip. The decline in worker output could mean that some companies need to hire if they want to meet growing demand.”
Any businessman alive can read the writing on that wall—lowered production levels and increased costs forecast disaster.
But what about the individual? Isn’t it just fine to keep pulling a paycheck despite low production? And why would anyone write about this in a blog relating to religion?
It has to do with morale.
Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition defines morale as:
moral or mental condition with respect to courage, discipline, confidence, enthusiasm, willingness to endure hardship, etc. within a group, in relation to a group, or within an individual.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines it as:
the mental and emotional condition (as of enthusiasm, confidence, or loyalty) of an individual or group with regard to the function or tasks at hand.
Have you ever had a job where you felt you were unnecessary, where your “product” was a filled out forms that were never be used for anything filling up files, or a manufactured item that would never be sold, or a creative design or plan that the boss would never submit to the client…?
No matter how much you earned it wasn’t much fun, was it?
Not only is production the answer to business needs, and ultimately to the woes of the nation—which is, after all, comprised of all of us working and creating and exchanging our products—it has everything to do with a sense of personal pride and happiness.
There is a principle in Scientology on the subject of production:
Morale is boosted to high highs by accomplishment. In fact, it can be demonstrated that production is the basis of morale. — L. Ron Hubbard
Every Scientology Church and Mission offers a Life Improvement Course called “How to Get Motivated” that contains answers to the subject of production and morale.