Productivity, Productivity and Productivity?
It is clear
that potential growth in worldwide productivity is a major
issue. There has been a marked slowing of growth in
productivity over the last few years
and the creation of more specialised organisations have not
helped, as it is a discipline that in
its best form knows no organisational limits.
There have been many reasons identified as causes for this
problem, including advances in technology and changes in
organisations. But the problem is one of semantics.
How many organisations have a productivity manager? We believe
that it is in the whole organisation that advances could and
should be made. Productivity is everywhere in an organisation.
In production, marketing, accounting, etc.,
anywhere you care to look it should be of high priority.
It is becoming imperative that companies implement programmes of
management and staff development. Companies who invest in the
Corporate University as a primary instrument for companywide
quality development see a high return in their investment in
terms of increased productivity, cost saving and improved staff
Smaller companies often lack the drive
to implement extensive productivity-linked
management training processes and are significantly less likely
to provide effective training. However the Corporate University
is a proven mechanism for raising productivity skill levels
across all organisations. And in smaller companies,
joint enterprise ventures are often
the key to their success in raising productivity levels.
It is important that any productivity impact from these
developments is felt across the entire organisation. The highest
qualified managers cannot improve productivity alone, they need
to be the ‘agents of productivity’ to ensure that the
productivity advantage is spread right through all disciplines
and at all levels. This will improve motivation and, in turn,
stimulate that all-important growth in productivity.
Read Richard Dealtry's previous commentary posts here