Additional thoughts on pico-productivity
In this model we see our raw recruit get groomed into something much more specialized: a machine. We have essentially taken out all of their individuality and "soldiering" and turned them into a perfectly repeatable machine. Of course, there's some middle ground. For example, we might not have a machine but a worker that does a highly repeatable and measurable task with documented procedures and good controls (and ignoring Roy's concept of "banana time").
Of course, we might end up envisioning something else. Instead of a machine we might want a highly effective individual operator or Terminator:
Here too, there is a downside. Not every employee has the potential to be a Terminator. For that matter, rarely does a Terminator have the chance to be a Terminator. How often does such a clear cut mission actually occur? We have to ask ourselves how effective a Terminator would be in fulfilling all of the administrivia that creeps into our jobs. Just imagine: the Terminator does performance reviews; the Terminator attends a month-end meeting; the Terminator takes another HR course; etc.
A bigger risk is that our trained employee simply becomes lost in the mechanics of the machine we have built in an effort to increase efficiency!