I have been pondering on this topic for a while and here is what I have came up with.
One of the best ways to optimally sub-optimize the efficiency of a resource is to fuelling them in a suboptimal way.
Suppose there is a driver who is an expert F1 racer. So we can infer that :-
1. Driver is a skilled Drive.
2. The driver is used to of F1 Cars.
Now, if you will hire that driver for races, then obviously he will be a good bet since the driver is trained to do so, is expert in the domain and usage of the tool driver uses ( F1 car in this case ).
What if the F1 driver is given a Maruti 800 for racing. Will he be able to be victorious in the F1 race ?
Certainly not ! So what’s the bottleneck which is preventing him to win the Race ?
– Biggest of all, the Car.
Even though the driver is skilled enough, Driver doesn’t have right means / tools to achieve the goal.
Similarly, when employees aren’t given right tools for the job, the situation leads to frustration from both sides as the employer has got expectations which are unrealistic ( choosing wrong resources for the employee ) & employee, the driver — who will perhaps start doubting her own skills.
One more example to explain this better :
Aircraft’s engines are ultra sophisticated and single particle of dust in gasoline can lead to engine fires.
Therefore, Aircraft uses premium gasoline which are extremely clean and got has very low boiling point.
While Cars have got comparatively lesser sophisticated engines ( not counting premium cars like BMW, AUDI, etc.) which will work fine even with not so premium gasoline.
Try replacing Aircraft’s gasoline with the Car’s one and soon you will realize how disastrous the results would be.
Therefore, equip your resources with optimal tools so that their productivity is never resource-constrained.