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Quality VS Quantity

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Every worker, business or organization is at one point at the crossroads between quality and quantity.

Quality VS Quantity

 

  • For a worker that gets asked to deliver more and more within an unreasonable timeframe quality vs quantity may mean sacrificing the quality he was used to be proud of in the past. Therefore it could mean a lesser degree of satisfaction pertaining to her or his career, more stress, a lesser quality of life, etc. It may be good for the organization, though, that could see profits increase.

 

  • For a business quality vs quantity can mean offering products/services of a lesser quality in order to keep up with a market in which consumers ask for cheaper products & services. It can also help increase profitability.

 

  • For other type of organizations (NGO/non-profits, etc.) quality vs quantity may mean helping more people but in a less considerable way.

 

We could be inclined to qualify this as a new “tyranny of numbers”, i.e. workers, products/services, organizations being judged on their performance exclusively through numbers, hence quantity over quality. Of course it is not a bad thing in itself, since a form of measurement enables control over activities. But quality is harder to judge; writing 5 tweets could be easier than 1 meaningful post, for example… There are no engines that can analyze a text, extract its meaning and rate its relevance and significance in a a particular context. Not yet. Some individuals or organizations are probably working on this as we write, though.

At eRelations we think that quality and quantity can be compatible but not necessarily in the same services. We focused on quality-oriented services up to now but will bring forth some new services soon that will be more aimed on quantity. Thus we will have 2 distinct branches of services, one more quality-oriented, the other more quantity-oriented. Both will be compatible with our business culture.

Tell us what you think!

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  1. Scotty Mapalo  June 15, 2012

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.

    • admin  June 16, 2012

      Thank you for your nice comment.
      Glad you found this post interesting, it means a lot to us!
      eRelations admin

  2. Ok Tufte  June 19, 2012

    I’m curious which blogging and site-building platform you’re using? I’m new to operating a blog and have been thinking about using the Live journal platform. Do you think this is a good foundation to start with? I would be very grateful if I could ask you some questions through email so I can learn a bit more before getting started. When you have some free time, please contact me at: 199Bogema@gmail.com. Kudos

    • admin  June 20, 2012

      Hello,
      There are lots (really, lots!) of very good content platforms today. Some are even automatically generated, like Twylah (http://www.twylah.com/eRelationsInc), Paper.li (http://paper.li/eRelationsInc/1338594555), and many others. Those are fed through the content of your Twitter account, or else. For old-style blogging sites, we really like Blogger (http://e-relations.blogspot.com) or Tumblr (http://erelations.tumblr.com). Those are pretty easy to create and manage. There are also “newspaper”-type social networks such as Scoop.it! (http://www.scoop.it/t/online-relations-community-management), which we really love.
      This eRelations website runs on WordPress. WordPress started as a blogging platform but today it can be used as an official website, the features are great and you can add tons of plugins to customize the user experience. It is a bit harder to build a blog though WP than with, say, Blogger, but anyone can do it with some efforts.
      We do not have a Live Journal site but I just had a look and it seems very interesting and user-friendly. Thank you for your comment, we will create a Live Journal page for eRelations in the coming days!
      eRelations admin

  3. Andrew A. Sailer  June 20, 2012

    I just want to say I am just all new to blogging and site-building and honestly savored this website. Most likely I’m planning to bookmark your website . You absolutely have fabulous writings. Thanks a lot for sharing your website page.

    • admin  June 20, 2012

      Thank you for your nice comment! Truly appreciated!

  4. Felica Sigona  June 23, 2012

    Many thanks, Hannah. I see individuals on Twitter and now on Google Plus who try the opposite tactic of following many men and women all at once, and i cringe. Just isn’t it obvious they aren’t definitely interested in the individual people?

    • admin  June 23, 2012

      Hello Felica,
      Quantity may also be ok in some situations: Twitter is based on posting daily to attract an audience, while on Facebook too many posts may seem like spamming.
      Maybe that’s not a 100% accurate but different social networks seem to have their own, individual rules.
      Take care,
      eRelations admin