Book reviews soon.
Meanwhile, this copies a post I made elsewhere, about Annual Reports.
You know, the thing is that an Annual Report is pretty much a report about the organization.
Notwithstanding discussions here and in other innovative places, one tends to see: Pretty pictures of happy people, photos of clean equipment, operational statistics, maybe some marketing stats, and financials.
So there's data, and there's "color."
Yet, I would love to see things in annual reports such as:
- Physical Health of workers (not just days sick but blood pressure, persistent infections, digestive issues) broken out demographically (by function / level, owner/employee/contractor, age, family status,...)
- Some sort of measure of health of employees' families and communities, again demographically parsed, and I'd love to brainstorm with people but just to start the ball rolling, maybe...
- Percentage of employees with live-in dependents
- Children's absent days at school
- Some measure of relationships health (divorces?...)
- Community service hours, volunteering at school, etc.
- Some measure of caring for extended family members and friends, though I have no ideas at all here. (I'm thinking of people who undergo the stress of close illness/death, and how that would have to be differentiated.)
- Actual productivity of employees
- Actual hours worked on average (I have fantasies of categorizing "Productive" / "Germinating" / "Downtime @ work" / "Time spent finding something to do" / "Time spent having fun outside work" and correlating that data to actual quality of production)
Maybe the simple way to do this would have one of those "stress score" things that individuals would take, broken out by areas in which the stress is initiated?
I do realize any company that would try to implement this unilaterally -- publicly revealing this information let alone measuring it in the first place -- would have its attorneys in fits.
Not to mention it's expensive.
But if how these things were measured were well-defined, and part of every company's reporting requirements?