It is not enough to be just a job keeper and not perform. Waiting to get a paycheque should be a reward. The place of work should be driven by the efficiency that is seen in the achievement of the workers. Tangible results for the organization should be the reward for the employees. Productivity measures help in evaluating trends in technological improvements, wage levels and labor growth.

Productivity

Everybody has a contribution to the economy either directly or indirectly. In this case, when somebody takes some time off from their work, they lose part of their income which is also translated in the economy due to lack of their input.  It would be difficult to identify and quantify damages resulting from labour losses. In structures where there is inadequate documentation and inadequate project control making productivity calculations, would is challenging.  Methods used for measuring productivity loss include revenue per staff-hour, total and modified total cost, industry studies, measured mile analysis and discrete tracking and pricing events.

Best Practices

Best practices are those processes that when implemented effectively they lead to improved performance. In the workplace, productivity is improved by performing tasks in the least time possible and improving the quality of the results. There are numerous ways to enhance best practices at work according to a specific set-up.  Below are some of the general ways in which productivity is improved:

  • Define goals. Having strategic or tactical goals in practical work is essential. Some of these goals are continuous, for example, customer satisfaction cannot be marked as finished in a onetime event.
  • Encourage flexible work schedules and control employee absenteeism
  • Know the worker’s high-value activities
  • Offer incentives to inspire participation for a healthy work environment
  • Show employees their significance by involving them directly in achieving the company’s objectives.

Application

Research has proven that companies that have excellent health and productivity programs have better business results and financial returns. Employees who have health risk problems cause substantial productivity losses. This can be regarding presentism or absenteeism. In presentism, conditions such as allergy or obesity cause underperformance in the places of work. It can also be a case where somebody returns to work after being sick, and they underperform as compared to before their diagnosis.  Other critical conditions such as diabetes and cancer may cause absenteeism for more number of days which causes poor productivity. Instances, where the employees die before they retire, is called loss due to premature mortality. Employers need to assess the impact of health on the production of their companies to concentrate efforts and address chronic conditions and risks related to health to improve financial outcomes related to productivity.

In construction, productivity improvement is vital for the growth of the economy and the profitability of the contractors. The practices that have potential to improve productivity in construction management are classified as construction materials management, construction tools, execution approaches, construction equipment and tools management, human resource management and health and safety practices. The above are the best practices in construction that ensure that the best outcome is realized.

 

In all, every organization, both small and large, analyzing productivity is essential towards the realization of goals. Applying best practices helps increase efficiency in the workplace and reduces the losses.

 

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