This week it’s all about productivity. When asked, these employees were asked if they feel consistently productive. Just barely over 2/3s did, but that meant that 1/3 did not.
“I feel consistently productive.”
This is good to ask your employees. Yet, there are three traps around productivity.
Number 1: There is a fine line between too little and too much productivity.
Turn the “productivity” knob all the way up and it can lead to being overwhelmed. Too little and you have wasted resources.
Managers do their best to give employees a full plate and sometimes it seems that employees are just trying to get rid of tasks. I’d lead toward taking the more optimistic view in that both sides want to do their best. Managers don’t want to overwhelm their employees and employees want to be as productive as possible.
Yet this line needs to be monitored by both sides. One can’t push it off on the other and expect it to be balanced and then try to place blame when it is not.
I think we’ve all seen this. Employees work 60 hours a week and blame management. If you were talking to management they would often say, “Why are they doing that? They don’t need to.”
It is important we both are looking for the correct balance.
Number 2: Activity doesn’t equal productivity.
Just because one is active doing things doesn’t mean it adds value. Just think of some of the campaigning that is happening in the United States. Will it really persuade people from one camp to another? Not usually.
Still, it is what is done. Busy can often mask for productivity, but is completely unrelated. I can be busy creating videos, yet if it isn’t bringing results it isn’t worth is.
Or is it…
Number 3: Productivity isn’t always the goal.
On the other hand, you could say that many activities are not productive, yet they are very effective and even more valuable.
In fact, value is more important than productivity. But it’s harder to measure.
How do you measure if your time spent is valuable – especially if you won’t see the fruit of your labors until much later? It’s not easy!
Measuring productivity is good. Measuring value is much better.