As business owner’s strive to grow a profitable company, metrics and measurement are critical aspects of that growth. Employees need to be measured for quality of work accountability and incentive calculations. Companies need to be measured to set goals and plan for the future.
In a recent article for ESPN The Magazine, Pablo S. Torre and Tom Haberstroh discuss the future of metrics for the NBA: Biometrics. We see here how a organization with financial resources looks to optimize their resources by using blood samples, sleep studies, and nutritional habits, among others, to maximize the performance of their athletes. (I’ll leave the ethical question of how much personal data an employer should have access to for a different discussion).
For any organization, measurement is key. A manufacturer needs to know his production data. A salesman needs to know his sales history. It stands to reason that a sports team would optimize their most important asset: their players.