Why are businesses interested in increasing productivity?
Is it for the Kudos of being the best?
It is quite simple – Higher Profits !
HOW IS PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVED?
is achieved by :
delivering the same Outcome with Less Effort
delivering more Outcome for the same Effort
Either situation for the business, by reducing costs or increasing sales.
Increase profits can be used to deliver a better return to shareholders or pay staff more, or a combination of both.
How productive is your business?
Do you measure productivity?
The UK Office of National Statistics provide a calculator to compared to other companies in your industry.
Knowing how you compare to competitors is useful information, so I recommend every company uses the calculator.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY?
Motivating staff and providing them with good work hygiene factors such as suitable desks, lighting, noise levels, etc. can help improve productivity but the impact is relatively short lived. Nobody can stay “Super Focussed” and “Highly driven” for week after week.
To create a permanent improvement in Productivity the fundamentals have to change:
- What is done
- How it is done
- The Tools used to perform the task
- The material used in the task
One way to is with automation . This is using tools to ensure that the same things get done, consistently but the how it is done changes. There is less input to the task by people.
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Please see Productivity FAQ page for details on some of the terms / jargon used above.