Report, Asia Efficiency Ltd. We have been retained by the Client to assist him in evaluating a number of proposals which, if adopted, would entail large-scale revisions to his operational routine operations. The proposals are the following: 1 Stop and smell the flowers. 2 Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Herewith we present our recommendations regarding the Client's proposed course of action. History: the aforementioned proposals were made following the revelation that the Client, a freelance writer, had not stopped to smell the flowers since 1988. In our research it was revealed that the Client is no longer certain whether such flower-smelling as set forth in proposal 1 is desirable or even advisable. It was also revealed that the Client is not aware of the whereabouts of said flowers, or even if said flowers are available on the current market. These conditions need to be addressed before a conclusion can be reached. Regarding Proposal 2, the Client has no current rosebud stores, and has no plans or means of gathering same. Problems: the Client is currently operating at 132 per cent capacity and 12 per cent efficiency. This has led to severe time and monetary restraints upon the Client, forcing him to increase production further. Unfortunately, under the Freelancing Ordinance of 1823, freelancing production may be increased without limit, while staff number is restricted to one (1). This has led to austerity measures, and a focus on work, and away from ancillary activities such as flower-smelling and rosebud-gathering. Furthermore, the Client is not in possession of current regulations regarding rosebud gathering, and is thus unaware of whether he 'may' gather them at the present time, or if in fact his time has expired. At the request of the Client, we have made an assessment of the advisability of modifying routines to incorporate the Proposals. Advantages: stopping and smelling the flowers is a traditional technique employed to put present operations in a wider perspective. Specifically, those who implement Proposal 1 and 2 soon find that their operations assume a smaller role in a wider operation termed 'life'. Furthermore, implementing Proposals 1 and 2 often leads to the reduction of stress and the introduction of new processes, eg 'enjoyment' and 'fun' (see definitions, appendix D). Disadvantages: at present, the activities set out in Proposals 1 and 2 are marginally time-consuming and not in themselves profitable. Thus, they are extremely unpopular in Hong Kong. While in the long term they might increase efficiency and the well-being of the operation, freelancing is by nature a short-term business in which long-term benefits are rarely considered. Furthermore, rosebuds have a low value on today's market. Conclusions: the course of action re flower smelling is possible but impractical given present time restraints. We recommend that the Client employs an agent to perform a comprehensive flower-smell survey of the territory, including Outlying Islands. The agent could then submit a concise report, highlighting major flower smells and other relevant details, including recommended actions thereon. At present rosebud gathering is not a viable option, unless a quota can be purchased from Taiwan or South American countries with excess rosebud stores. Rosebuds are available on the open market, and may be purchased in bulk at a discount. To make up for the cost, the Client should increase production. Alternative actions: in lieu of adopting Proposals 1 and 2, we are recommending that more practical steps be taken. These include: 1 Wake up and smell the coffee. 2 Get with the programme. 3 Make hay while the sun shines. Invoice enclosed.