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How to measure productivity in a knowledge economy

When a business produces intellectual capital and intangible assets, it is not effective to measure success as a direct function of production—and this leaves many organizations struggling to accurately assess employee productivity. To recognize invaluable team members and identify poor performers, it’s critical to make sure you’re looking at the right metrics.

Article by 20 June 2023


Why value is the key to avoiding productivity paranoia

Productivity is a buzzword for everything from the future of capital cities to the fate of individuals’ employment. In times of economic volatility, the instinct to focus on productivity above all else is understandable – after all, everyone wants to get all that they can out of their assets, including people.

Article by 7 April 2023


Time to be You

Often, the first response to the question, “how are you?” is “Busy.” How can we stop being busy and start being focused on the things that matter to us? Drawing on the wisdom from multiple different authors, Natalie Gordon explores what time means to us and how we can spend more of it doing what we’re both passionate about and proficient in.

Article by 5 December 2022


What are the big concerns about the 4-day working week?

Three-day weekends. Less time in meetings. Same salary. Sounds just a little too good to be true, right? There are certainly benefits to a shorter working week, however, if it’s not implemented correctly, it can cause more stress as we try to squeeze five days’ worth of workload into four. How can all the work get done in fewer hours? Harnessing digital productivity is key to the solution.

Article by 21 October 2022


How to implement ethical employee productivity

Michael Cupps, Senior Vice President, Marketing at ActiveOps, discusses the future of ethical employee management and how to keep good staff from going elsewhere.

Article by 12 February 2022


Could this pandemic hold a small silver lining for employees?

In March this year, the COVID-19 pandemic turned the world of work upside down. As our typical schedules fell to dust, employees globally looked to their organisations for support, reassurance and information. But what were they met with? According to the reports that followed, some employers were quick to adopt new ways of working and to introduce measures to support staff, while others struggled to adapt. Some people working from home relished their newfound freedom, while others worried about their productivity and suffered with disengagement and fatigue.

Article by 3 December 2020


Productivity, Collaboration and Communication in the New Normal: 5 lessons from the masters

As teams begin to return to work, increasing numbers will be working remotely at least in part. This is something that companies like Wordpress, Buffer and Zapier have been doing for a while. Their experience can teach us a great deal and provide opportunities for innovation that will survive beyond Covid 19. Buffer’s study on the State of Work in 2020 reported that 40% of remote workers surveyed cited lack of collaboration, communication, and loneliness as their biggest struggles. These factors can often lead to conflict within teams and, crucially, personal unhappiness. If this is not addressed early as part of everyday culture it quickly starts to fester and employees become harder to reach. The impact on productivity, communication, collaboration and mental health is pretty immediate and can quickly spiral.

Article by 30 June 2020


Redefining productivity and how it is measured – The five reasons why productivity is so elusive

We’re good at being unproductive in the UK. It’s all part of our British heritage, along with our unique sense of irony and our weird and equally unique traditions. This is despite the repeated efforts of our captains of industry to shake off our dull sloth and seize the opportunity to jump to the top of the productivity league table, so we can all share in the profits which will thenceforth automatically flow.

Article by 6 February 2020