Did you know June 20th was World Productivity Day?
Did your workplace celebrate with cake and cookies? Did your town have a parade? Did you and your family observe a moment of silence for reflection? If the answers to all these questions are no, you’re not alone. No one gets animated about World Productivity Day. But we should.
“Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything.”
Noted economist Paul Krugman has stated: “Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.”
Productivity equals Profitability
Productivity is growth, and growth is profitability for businesses, which drives job creation, wage growth and overall economic opportunity and prosperity. If you champion productivity in the workplace, you champion prosperity for the world – aka the “greater good.”
At Sapience Analytics, we embrace this overarching philosophy. It’s our “Why” fueling our mission of enabling smart enterprises and maximizing potential by elevating the engagement, performance and mindfulness of individuals and organizations.
You can’t have greater good for the collective, if you don’t start with a focus on the individual. And this starts with the recognition that the art and science of human performance management revolves around understanding the many individualized factors surrounding performance. Are employees inspired at work, or disengaged? Do they have streamlined access to information or are they forced to toggle back and forth from multiple applications? Are employees being empowered at work or are they slave to time-wasting meetings or production of archaic TPS reports.
Enabling technology and data to help us, not constraint us.
Productivity isn’t about turning humans into robots; it’s about removing barriers so people can reach their full potential at work and feel fulfilled.
Fortunately, technology advances and big data give us insight into our most valuable resource: time and how to use it better and smarter. And to date, Sapience has helped 200,000 workers in 90 organizations in 18 countries with automated work visibility to just that. It’s never too late to celebrate World Productivity Day.
Here are some tips to start a productivity movement:
If you are business executive, empower your employees via the option to work from home, and/or have flexibility in their work hours and keep meetings focused and short.
In your daily work, aspire to:
• Set SMART (specific/measurable/achievable/relevant/time-related) goals
• Plan your day then work your plan
• Download the Sapience Buddy Productivity App
• Learn to say “no” when necessary
• Eliminate distractions such as email during “focused work hours” each day
• Incorporate additional productivity hacks