Puzzling on Productivity

12-ish Theories and 9 Bright Ideas for HR

Poor Productivity in 12 Thoughts

The nation’s ‘productivity puzzle’ is a jigsaw that, with Brexit breaking around us, HR and HR on behalf of business may just need to get to grips with and put back together piece-by-piece.

In this short paper, ‘The UK Productivity Problem – Difficulties, Differences and Debates’ published by HRZone, I have a go at helping you grasp the big issues about what productivity is, does and means at both micro and macro levels. I don’t believe that leadership is about “Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions” but rather “A problem shared….”. These are enormous issues, but to open those up can surely be no bad thing.

For the HR profession, I’m calling upon people analytics and better people systems as two very direct ways in which we can influence a line of sight between HR strategy and the organisational performance. The 12 theories that different kinds of experts tend to expound I think suggest there are viable action points at all levels. I give you 9 immediate ways in which you can do that.

As to whether it’s mis-management or mis-measurement, then note this statistical twist I read from city columnist, Mathew Lynn: WhatsApp employs people who make zero apparent contribution to the UK economy. The net effect of this business, together with many other taking over what the workplace means to us today, when it comes to current productivity measures, is a negative.

The topic’s a hefty one, but I trust the paper is an easy read. I know that I learned a lot in the research. I hope you do too.

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About the Author: Kate Wadia

Kate’s passion at work is for bridging the gap between technology and people at work, translating for HR professionals the language of HR systems and making meaningful their potential. She believes that success with people technology is through people and that people are the differentiator. Using simple techniques drawn from HR experience, project management, business psychology and analogy with everyday life, Kate presents and explains how to work well with technology and technology projects in an HR leadership role. With a background in contrasting private and public sector HR management, Kate developed her thinking in seeking for herself to understand her first HR systems project-work. Kate is currently the Managing Director of Phase 3 Consulting, offering an independent take on the HR systems market in the UK, through a network of experts and a talented, growing internal team. Kate’s guiding principle is that openness offers knowledge-sharing, credibility and trust. Incorrigibly enthusiastic and up absurdly early for a working morning, she swears that she only drinks three good coffees a day, but nobody believes her! Kate also writes as an HR Zone columnist.

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