In various fields within the corporate world, billing to clients is often measured by the concept of “mandays” efforts …. even workpackages are measured by the effort in “mandays” … ok, ok, ok – I am not being a male chauvinist .. you can replace the word “mandays” by “person-days” if it would satisfy your feminist ego’s :-)
Well, if you go into details of “mandays” or “person-days”, it is often considered as the output corresponding to working of an individual in a day – whether that consists of 8 hrs of efforts or 9 hrs or 10 hrs – that is a different perspective very often leading to debates and where human rights organisations along with our beloved comrades will start shouting of exploitations, etc etc … but in effect, this basically means a unit of productivity equal to the work one person can produce in a day.
So, what’s wrong in that ?
Well, it is not true that an individual will be consistently productive in the same level every day. Or even during a project work (say), it is not true that the work load will ALWAYS demand 8 / 9 hrs of work every day throughout 365 days a year. Very often, you will find some “lean” days or even “lean” periods where you come to office and find a “relaxing” time as there is not much work for that day.
If the above is true, why would clients would “pay” for “mandays” when you are not that productive, whatever the reasons might be ??
Assuming you agree to the above logic, then the question is that what will be a substitute of “mandays” ? Now let my genius mind come in play – ha ha ha ha ha …
I would recommend the unit of measure to change from “mandays” to “calories” … basically, any work (whether physical or even mental) results in burning of calories .. so if we can measure “calories” spent (which I believe we can, going by the calorie meters available in the market), we can very well estimate efforts in “calories” and hence make commercial transactions against the same.
Some might question that a physical “labour” kind of work will involve higher spend of calories as compared to white-collar mental work … Absolutely true … maybe, we should evolve a conversion factor between a predominant “mental” work vis-a-vis “physical” work so that we can come up with an acceptable standard globally.
How ? Well guys, that I leave up to you to find out … otherwise, how on earth will YOU spend your calories ????
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …