There has been quite a bit of pontification about Elon Musk’s activities at Twitter. I won’t remark one way or the other because a) I don’t know anything about Twitter’s internal operations and b) I don’t really care.
It does bring to mind one thing, however, which I thought I’d pass along. There are risks in downsizing. Quite a while ago IBM conducted a study in which they found, possibly counterintuitively, that you may not increase productivity by downsizing.
In tech companies in particular it is a commonplace that a rather small percentage of staff are doing a remarkable amount of the actual work. You might think that lots of money can be saved by getting rid of the relatively unproductive and only holding on to the superproducers. In turned out it doesn’t work that way. There are social aspects to companies; people are not interchangeable parts. Sometimes what happens when you get rid of everybody but the superproducers is that the superproducers stop being so super. For one thing those apparently superfluous staff members may be allowing the superproducers to focus on what they’re good at and what they like to do.