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Increasing Productivity: A Winnable Challenge

To boost the productivity of your in-plant team, consider these seven factors.

July 2012 By Wes Friesen
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6. Motivation of workers. Providing positive recognition and showing more care for your employees will lead to a higher morale, higher motivation and higher productivity. I agree with Tom Peters who said “The simple act of paying positive attention to people has a great deal to do with productivity.” Remember to measure productivity and celebrate improvements along the way. Celebrating progress builds a sense of achievement and a desire to keep getting better.

7. Skills/expertise of team members. The ongoing training and development of your team members is key to enhancing productivity. A few ideas include holding team meetings for training, cross-training your staff, participating in trade associations, sending people to conferences/seminars, university courses, mentoring—the list goes on.

Let me share a final tip to improve the productivity of your team. Paul Gauguin wisely said “Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.” Focusing on effectively and efficiently producing output, while minimizing resources used, will result in increased productivity. IPG






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