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How to ensure productivity is also effective and efficient

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Productivity is defined as executing work to achieve results, technically it is expressed as the ratio of input to achieve the desired output, often used in production processes. Nowadays it can also be used a measure of an employee's work ethic.

Being productive is not the same as being busy. It is quite possible to look busy and not be productive at all! The outcomes or results from the person are the measures of productivity. Organisations are focused on productivity because they would like to gain more output from each employee.

Employee productivity is often linked to employee happiness and engagement. If a person is able to accomplish work more effectively and efficiently, with tools and support at their disposal, they feel they have added value and accomplished something with their day. Consequent rewards, recognition, and advancement opportunity will thereby increase employee happiness.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are productive, you like to be busy and like to feel you have accomplished something each day, that you have added value.

What does a lower score mean?

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You do not consider yourself productive, you do not like to be busy and do not consider yourself highly ambitious. You prefer a steady and consistent work day.

To nurture your productivity:

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Find ways to break up your work day and split the work accordingly. If you are more creative in the morning, schedule work during that time, if you have a large or difficult task to complete, get it off your desk first thing. The feeling of control and accomplishment will then drive you through the rest of the day. Consider setting up small rewards for each large task you complete.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you have a daily to-do list?
  • Are you distracted easily?
  • Do you take care of your biggest or most difficult task first?
  • Have you shared your goals to be held accountable?
  • Do you take regular breaks to keep your energy up?
  • Are you following the 80/20 rule, and completing tasks that are most important to your day?


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