What’s The Purpose?

By |January 28th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Many firms put in systems to improve productivity, by monitoring what is going on and how hard people are working.  They manage - or micro-manage - the time of their employees and how it is filled.

Trteat gyouyr employees like dogs

By |January 21st, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Do you have a dog? If so, you know that, above all else, dogs value ... food, yes, but consistent behaviour from their owner.  That is how you train your dog - by applying consistent

The Technology Circle

By |January 14th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Last week I suggested that technology might be useful in helping drive productivity forward. This week, I am changing my view after further reflection. Yes, over time firms have used technology to improve their business

Technology might help

By |January 7th, 2023|Categories: Productivity|

Major technological change does boost productivity. Think of the really big developments - the wheel, the steam engine, the computer, the Internet, the robot. Though it takes time, such technologies have transformed industry and  human life

Happy New Year

By |December 31st, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Since publication date of this blog is right at the end of the year, I simply want to wish everyone a productive new year. During the holidays, I am sure you have been reflecting on

Why do you monitor employees’ home working?

By |December 24th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

With Working from Home still being a a large factor for many organisations, monitoring of employee work habits has become more common. When did they send the email? When did they access the latest briefing note? Questions

Become a Morning Person

By |December 10th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Some of us are not naturally morn ing people.  It takes us a couple of hours to becomes fully awake and alert and reach peak performance. If in that couple of hours. you’ve  had one

Limited Success

By |December 3rd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

The UK is successful in many areas - it has a large, successful renewable energy sector, a whopping great financial services sector and a large tech startup sector.  Yet UK productivity does not reflect these advantages.

Thje Right Rhythm

By |November 26th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

We have known for many years that some of us are larks and some of us are owls.  Well, this simple categorisation has been confirmed by experts (2007 study published in Personality and Individual Differences) who suggest there

Get the Balance Right

By |November 19th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Many people have been working from home during the pandemic. In fact many of them are still working from home for at least part of their working week. For most of these people, this has

Do Less

By |November 12th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Can we raise productivity by doing less? Well, if that lesser activity has a greater impact, then Yes, We Can. You need to shift the mindset of your managers to concentrate on key results and

Know Your Enemy

By |November 5th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

If it aint broke, don’t fix it. That’s a useful slogan in some circumstances - but not in business. If you expect the status quo to deliver success, you are likely to be disappointed -

Hard or Soft?

By |October 29th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Is productivity improvement a hard or soft skill? Is it better, for example, to consider and analyse hard performance data or approach improvement from a softer, behavioural stand point. This is definitely not an ‘either ….

The Productivity Divide

By |October 22nd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

I have written a number of blog posts relating to working from home including ones that describe the  difference in view of effectiveness of WFH as perceived by employees and their managers. Managers who think staff

Digital Presenteeism

By |October 15th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

We know there is a disconnect between the views of employers and employees on the productivity of working from home. Employees are happier and believe they are more productive; their managers are not so sure. Now

Its Not Football

By |October 8th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Lots of US sports articles talk about productivity of a team, or a quarterback or other star player. Of course, they don’t understand the meaning of ‘productivity’. What they are talking about is ‘performance’. The  two

Creating a non-meeting culture

By |September 10th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

We know that meetings suck time snd energy out of an organisation - so why do we have so many. Especially these days when there are so many other ways of communicating without dragging  everyone to

What Should You Do in Your Breaks?

By |September 3rd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Simple question asked here. Can you do anything in your break times to help your work performance? Well, of course, you can. Drink water - and keep hydrated. Take a walk.  Humans are made to move

Behaving Like Children

By |August 27th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Bullying does take place in many workplaces. Bullying gets a lot of attention in schools ands colleges - and there are strategies to deal with it and the consequences of it. This rarely happens in

Coaching Success

By |August 20th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

This summer, in the UK, has been glorious and packed with sport - Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games, European Championships, It got me thinking about how athletes and sports people prepare for a season in which they

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