"Nonessential" Workers

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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 is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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