Posts Tagged ‘unintended consequences’

Most Workers Come to Work When Feeling Sick

The staffing firm OfficeTeam has an interesting infographic showing how often people go into work when they’re ill. It’s not stated, but implied that “go into work” means “go into the office to work.” My subjective experience matches what the small OfficeTeam study revealed. Far too many people come into the office to work when, […]

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dörner makes the following observation: In our political environment, it would seem, we are surrounded on all sides with good intentions. But the nurturing of good intentions is an utterly undemanding mental exercise, while drafting plans to realize those worthy goals is another matter. Moreover, it is far from […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences II

I posted previously about the unintended consequences of switching from disposable plastic grocery bags to reusable cloth bags provided by shoppers. I’m seeing this issue get a little bit of traction lately. The Property and Environment Research Center has an interesting PSA video on the subject. Many jurisdictions have implemented bans or taxes on plastic […]

Altruism and Systems Thinking

The Unintended Consequences Edition Man likely sickened by plague in critical condition in Bend (Oregon) “The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, fell ill several days after being bitten while trying to get a mouse away from a stray cat. The man is now being treated at St. Charles Medical Center-Bend, where he was […]

Failure to Think Through to the Unintended Consequences

Contaminated reusable grocery bag causes gastric illness outbreak A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls’ soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday. The outbreak also affected many family members after the team returned home. The […]