In the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change” the author Stephen Covey, talks about the phenomenon where managers wish to be efficient with their subordinates and explain that how the strategy backfires.
Being efficient means achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort, and it is a good practice to be efficient with tools and things but treating people like tools does not do any good at work and it eventually backfires.
Being effective means being successful in producing the desired result irrespective of the effort. Being effective takes time and energy. It requires giving attention and respect to the subordinate.
The managers often confuse these two words and try to be efficient with their subordinates perceiving them as a tool, which is a bad practice.
We should try to be effective with people and efficient with things.