Interactive Case Studies

Fake Work – An Interactive Case Study

Complete this case study to determine to what extent you and your organization are doing Fake Work. We guarantee you will be shocked when you discover how much Fake Work is costing you both personally and professionally. Your organization might experience up to a 1500% Return on Investment by simply eliminating Fake Work and by learning how to implement Smart Work.
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    Complete this case study to determine to what extent you and your organization are doing Fake Work. We guarantee you will be shocked when you discover how much Fake Work is costing you both personally and professionally. Your organization might experience up to a 1500% Return on Investment by simply eliminating Fake Work and by learning how to implement Smart Work.

    * All questions need to be answered to receive your score.
  • 1. Ineffective Organizational Communication

    There was little or no communication between divisions, plants, and departments. Consequently, many projects and initiatives being completed in one department were counterproductive to other departments. We found unbelievable duplications and inefficiencies that could have been corrected with better communication. There were many silos that did not know what the other silo was doing.
  • 2. Unnecessary and Ineffective Meetings

    Over the years there were many mandated meetings that were required by the company. Many of those meetings were simply not needed. However, they continued because the company had mandated them. Meetings that needed to be held and could have been productive were poorly managed and mostly a waste of time for all participants.
  • 3. Complete and Total Strategic Illiteracy

    Generally the senior leaders of this company knew the strategy but less than ten percent of the rest of the company could list a single strategic goal. The company was illiterate regarding the senior leaders’ strategy.
  • 4. Lack of Individual Alignment

    Employees within individual work teams had no idea what they could or should be doing.
  • 5. Fake Work Culture

    This company had a culture of “keep busy and look like you are doing something important.” The culture led some employees to give the appearance of hard work while doing what was not needed. Even though a new product system had inherent design flaws, produced high defect rates, and was going to be abandoned, they kept building it and the workers all appeared productive.
  • 6. Fake Work Policies and Procedures

    Many policies and procedures were driving Fake Work. For example, a weekly production report took about an hour each week to complete by each participating employee. But only one small piece of the data was captured from the report and utilized by the company. The data that the company actually used would have taken each employee only five minutes to produce--instead of an hour.
  • What Does All This Mean?

    The first two questions in each section are used to calculate Your Personal “Fake Work” Score. The last two questions are used to calculate Your Organization’s “Fake Work” Score. The higher your personal score the more Fake Work you are doing. The higher the organization score the more Fake Work is part of the culture. Submit the form and have your scores emailed to you:

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