10 ways to
spark productivity

Apr 16, 2015  |  Mark Gravett  |  productivity | 0 Comments


In several of our recent engagements we have witnessed first-hand the enormous amount of pressure on CEOs to meet the stringent demands of both stakeholders and customers. One such demand that continues to be a top priority for executives is employee productivity. Our experience tells us that a decline in workforce performance and efficiency can put a major dent in an organization’s bottom line.

Fear not! Over the course of almost 70 years, we have applied a proven methodlogy that consists of 10 ways to spark productivity for our clients. They include:

  1. Indentifying productivity as a strategic initiative -- It must begin with the CEO and then trickle its way down the organization.

  2. Aim High -- Improvement goals should be ambitious; pushing the boundaries of excellence.

  3. Question, measure, change -- A productivity improvement plan must question how every facet of the business is performing (people, processes, equipment, etc). It must include resources that measure success before significant changes are made.

  4. Improve management planning/supervision -- Based on our findings, inadequate management planning and supervision are significant causes for lost productivity. It is imperative for management to have skills that enable them to lead effectively.

  5. Classroom and on-the-job training -- Skills development can galvanize an unproductive workforce. Three hours of one-on-one coaching should be given for every hour spent in the classroom.

  6. Visible change -- The old saying "seeing is believing" certaily holds true here. Even the smallest change, such as cleaning a shop floor on a weekly basis, can have a positive influence on people.

  7. The need for speed -- Small-scale initiatives working independently of each other will not work. Running a process improvement plan concurrently across all aspects of the business will generate rapid results.

  8. Breaking it down -- Monitoring hourly performance instead of daily or weekly can prevent minor issues from escalting.

  9. Clear communication -- CEOs must be honest and forthcoming as to why things need to change. People must understand their roles and responsibilities from day one.

  10. Continuity -- Productivity improvement is a constantly moving target. Leaders must plan accordingly as best practices and technology continue to evolve.   

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