Category: 10. Productivity

Waste murders productivity

Whilst few managers measure productivity well, even fewer measure their waste of outputs and costly inputs Waste arises both internally and externally: Internal waste = When things are not done RFT (Right First Time) and work is rejected or has to be reworked External waste = When things are delivered to customers either not as …

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Major failings of productivity measures

All managers need to know they’re getting the most out of all costly input resources employed: In the private sector, to beat their competition, minimise unit costs and maximise sales and profit margins In the public sector, to optimise the number and quality of services on offer However, most managers do not measure productivity well …

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Aggregation hides info needed

Current measures of productivity become less and less useful the higher the level they go: Aggregation increasingly blurs the performance picture Apples get mixed with pears Specific inputs used for specific outputs and outcomes get lost in the mix At national level, this aggregation problem is at its worst, compounded by much output and most …

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Work hard or work well?

Many say the secret for a good life is ‘work hard and play hard’ Leila Hock, in an article for Career Contessa, disagrees – ‘work hard’ apparently “makes my eyes roll a little” She believes we’ve become too preoccupied with “the grind” and it’s actually bringing us down – “It has a negative effect on …

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Waste leaves productivity dead in the water

 A post by author Charles Hugh Smith hits the nail on the head about the ‘productivity puzzle’ – rising waste in all sectors, hardly mentioned by the experts, is mostly to blame Productivity in the U.S. has been declining since the early 2000s. This trend mystifies economists, as the tremendous investments in software, robotics, networks and mobile …

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