[nabs-l] Efficiency and Productivity

Carly Mihalakis carlymih at comcast.net
Fri Jan 22 21:01:15 UTC 2016

Afternoon, Steve,

Perhaps this is why we must considder the output one can contribute 
upon endeavoring a given job. If you don't like to work under 
pressure, don't take a call center or other demanding position.
This may require that you learn a little something about the position 
first before endeavoring to give it your all?
Carone's personal value consists of more
>than one's efficiency and output, those are part of one's personal value.
>An employer is not going to be happy with you if you consistently miss
>deadlines.  Some employers might cut you some slack if they see improvement,
>and certainly nobody is as efficient when they start a job than they will
>become later, blind or sighted.  There is a balance between being so hard on
>yourself for not being able to do things as efficiently as a sighted
>co-worker and ignoring efficiency completely.  The phrase "Working at your
>own pace" can mean different things to different people.  Believe me,
>sighted people in today's jobs feel pressure to work faster than they are
>comfortable working, too.  I see my sighted co-workers working evenings very
>often.  If one sees an area in which one just can't gain the efficiency one
>might like, one has to look for other areas where one can offset that lack
>of efficiency, or sometimes being willing to work longer hours.
>I don't claim there are magic answers, and I certainly do not claim that I
>am as efficient in every area as my sighted co-workers because I know I am
>not.  What I am trying to convey is that one also can't just work at one's
>own pace thinking that the attitude is enough, either, one has to think
>about one's efficiency and how it can be improved most effectively.  Also,
>there are jobs where output is most of the measure of one's value,
>particularly in call center jobs, whether we like it or not.  One has to be
>aware of the importance of efficiency and output in their particular
>situation.  We can't assume in the long run that the ADA will guarantee us
>the same pay if we are actually doing less.
>Best regards,
>Steve Jacobson
>-----Original Message-----
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>Blind Students mailing list <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>; Rahul Bajaj
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>Cc: Carly Mihalakis <carlymih at comcast.net>
>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Efficiency and Productivity
>Evening, everyone,
>Want to echo what Derek said, One's personal value ought not be
>defined by how fast, or how much output he produces on the job.
>Car128/22/2014, Derek Manners via nabs-l wrote:
> >Hello, I can definitely understand how you feel. I think there are
> >three things I'd keep in mind.
> >
> >1. Any new job takes time to get in a rhythm where you are getting
> >things done quickly.
> >2. Practice makes perfect, just as any job takes time to learn, so
> >does using assistive tech.
> >3. It's perfectly fine work at your own pace. Your goal should be to
> >do the best you can under the circumstances and just look for ways
> >to do better.  I work faster/hard than some of my sighted colleagues
> >and I work slower/less hard than others.  The main thing employers
> >want to see is improvement and a good attitude.
> >
> >Best
> >Derek
> >
> >Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Aug 22, 2014, at 3:19 PM, Rahul Bajaj via nabs-l
> > <nabs-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I often find it hard to maintain the same level of productivity
> > as my sighted colleagues. I guess this can primarily be attributed
> > to the fact that I have so far been merely a casual user of
> > assistive technology which is perhaps why I am not able to use it
> > as expeditiously as I should be able to in a professional setting.
> > > That being said, my uniform experience has taught me that jaws is
> > often unresponsive and unreliable. This makes it virtually
> > impossible to work with the same level of efficiency as a sighted person.
> > > Most blind students get double the time that their sighted
> > counterparts get for writing exams. However, this is not really a
> > feasible option in the private sector where you are not only
> > required to do your work well but are also expected to complete
> > your tasks expeditiously.
> > > My inability to meet the latter requirement has often been a
> > source of frustration for me during my internships. My employers
> > have never raised any objections about my inability to complete the
> > same amount of work as my sighted counterparts within a given time
> > period. I guess this is reflective of the low expectations that
> > society has from blind people.
> > > Be that as it may, this has greatly reduced my job satisfaction
> > and has been a major cause of concern.
> > > I'd like to know what you guys think about this. Has anyone here
> > had a similar experience?
> > > What strategies would you recommend for effectively grappling
> > with this challenge?
> > >
> > > Best,
> > > Rahul
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Sent from my iPhone
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