The Brazil Test

4 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2012

Date Written: September 6, 2012


Does it ever occur to you that perhaps fewer people could easily do all of the work that your business requires? Certainly, one indication that the people-to-work ratio is off-kilter is when team members are sitting around waiting for work; another is when they’re asking supervisors for something to do. Sometimes, though, it’s not so obvious. Team members will go out of their way to look busy. Extra labor can also hide in an organization following an economic downturn. People get used to the low level of productivity and forget that they once accomplished much more and can do so again now that business is back to good. With all these scenarios, the possibility does exist that just a portion of your staff could do the same amount of work — if that is the case, then why are you paying all those other people?

Keywords: distinction, Brazil, test, surplus, labor, productivity, economy

Suggested Citation

Dandrea, Ralph J., The Brazil Test (September 6, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

Ralph J. Dandrea (Contact Author)

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