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By Eric P. Bloom
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.
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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.
Finding these innovative solutions requires a willingness to look
at your existing operational processes with a critical eye - even if
you were the one who originally designed them. Albert Einstein had
a quote saying that "No problem can be solved from the same level of
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NCHR Review - Spring/Summer 2016
2016 NCSHRM State Council
Message from the Director
NCSHRM State Council Awards and Scholarships
Taking the Mystery Out of Strategic Planning
2016 NCSHRM State Conference: Lead Differently
Great Reads: Leads Eat Last and Reinventing Organizations
Creating a Productivity Culture
Legal Update: Employment Law Update — It’s All About the Agencies
Four Tips to be an Authentic Rock Star Communicator
Products & Services Guide
Index to Advertisers/Advertisers.com
NCHR Review - Spring/Summer 2016