Creating a productivity culture: what does productivity mean to you?

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Author:Bloom, Eric
 
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What does productivity mean to you? To many, it means more time, money and resources to get other things done. For example, if you have five people working toward the completion of a specified task and can find a way to complete it using only four people, you can have the fifth person working on something else. Productivity is the art of doing more with the time, money and resources you have at your disposal.

Make no mistake, productivity requires change. If your organization views the ability to change as an important business attribute, then ongoing productivity improvement can be the status quo. If your company is set in its ways, refuses to streamline its processes and shuns innovation, then productivity improvement is not required. Given today's business environment, a company that does not progress will soon stagger under its own weight and fade away. That said, if you are working at or own this type of firm, the best way for you to be productive is by updating your resume. Conversely, an internal productivity culture that continually strives for optimal efficiency gives your organization the opportunity to enhance its market position, maximize its profits, increase its market share and position it for future growth and success.

There are six cultural attributes needed to give your organization the ability to accept the small and sometimes large changes that productivity enhancements require.

  1. Cultural Awareness:

    One of the most important business attributes of people leading the productivity charge is cultural awareness. This is the ability to understand your organization's internal politics, idiosyncrasies, strengths, weaknesses, and how it gets things done. To make matters more complicated, organizations have multiple cultures, called subcultures. For example, the Help Desk may have a different internal culture than Software Development.

    Before moving forward with a productivity initiative, you must first ask yourself the question "Does this organizational change require cultural change first?" The answer may be yes or may be no, it will depend if the changes being made are aligned and consistent with the current organizational culture.

  2. Innovative Mindset:

    Innovative opportunities to enhance productivity come in many forms. It could be the successful creation, implementation, reuse and/or improvement of an existing IT or business process that reduces costs, enhances productivity, increases company competitiveness, or provides other business value....

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