An inverse relationship exists between group size and productivity which shows that group effort does not necessarily lead to increased effort from the group members.
In an experiment, a group was asked to pull a rope. As more people were added, the average performance significantly decreased. This seems to show that each participant felt their own efforts were not critical and further studies showed that motivational losses were largely to blame for an individual’s decline in performance.
- Baumol’s cost disease is similar in that salaries can rise without any material gain in productivity simply salaries of other roles went up.
- Larger informal groups can have other negative consequences such as opaque decision making and lack of accountability.
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After a large uptick in notifications, I’m experimenting with turning off notifications on all devices except one. This change helps me maintain focus and feel less overwhelmed.
In a system modeling an input over time, a right-half-plane zero is when some exponential growth rate of the input has no effect on the output. For example, eating ice cream increases happiness but creates more unhappiness so you eat more ice cream to make up for it and so on until there is no ice cream anywhere.