This is really amazing when you compare the results with Australia.
Australia is alone out of all the post-industrial nations on Earth in having posted almost no productivity improvements whatsoever in the past 40 years. Australia has apparently not benefited in any way from the introduction of computers into the workplace. Australia scored second last behind Botswana in 2010 out of more than 50 nations in overall productivity metrics. It is difficult to imagine a more abysmal performance.
Meanwhile the rest of the developed world has vastly increased productivity and profits to both shareholders and company balance sheets. Their reward? Nothing. Their wages and salaries have not grown in response at all. With increases in the price of living and inflation their earnings have shrunk substantially and more and more of it goes to basic needs with nothing left over.
So it would seem that Australia's policy of striving to be the laziest white men on Earth has proven to be a secure course of action. It would appear they have conserved much energy that might have been wasted increasing profits for their employers. What they are saving all that energy up for, nobody knows. You'll have to excuse me, I think I will go and lay down and watch the cricket. Writing this blog post has exhausted the meagre store of iron in my blood and I have to rest now for a month in order to replenish it.