"Nonessential" Workers

Hard-hit New Orleans will lay off 3,000 workers – The Boston Globe:

“Nagin had warned that many of New Orleans’s nonessential jobs were at risk”

Without getting overly political, this is an “only in government” moment. Some people have been blogging about “lean government” lately. If you can cut half your workforce with little ill effect, wow, you’re not lean.

How insulting, also, to be told that you are “nonessential.” Ouch.

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Mark Graban's passion is creating a better, safer, more cost effective healthcare system for patients and better workplaces for all. Mark is a consultant, author, and speaker in the "Lean healthcare" methodology. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent project is an book titled Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus.

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