When determining productivity, are you looking at the right things? Here are some thoughts from Elena Paraskevas-Thadani (She/Her)

When the pandemic started, we formalized household chores. My 12-year-old son’s chore is to mop the floor. I was proud to find the mop this morning, thinking he proactively completed his assigned task before school. I later found out he repurposed the mop and used it to reach the Oreo cookies on a high shelf.

I could have easily discerned the floor was not mopped. But I jumped to conclusions.

As a leader, are you looking at the right indicia of productivity? Or are you focused on “evidence” that doesn’t necessarily show anything, like whether someone is logged on at a particular moment? (Or whether they left the mop out?)

I have to hand it to my son for being innovative, though. Certainly the mop has a dual purpose I never considered!