Improvements in productivity can benefit all organisations through efficiency savings. Commercial organisations can additionally benefit through revenue growth. Here are some of the ways we can help you make productivity gains through the application of psychology:
Leadership: Boosting productivity begins with Leadership: creating a focus and harnessing efforts in the areas below: Read More
In order to create high performance within an organisation, leadership at all levels needs to emphasise productivity as a priority. Leaders need to demonstrate the right behaviours and set an example.
It is essential to communicate that everyone benefits from productivity improvements and to ensure that the benefits are achieved and delivered. It is possible to be caring and sensitive to the needs of others at the same time as being efficient.
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Selection: Hiring the best for productivity. Read More
There is a narrative in the world of software development that the top few percent programmers are ten times more productive than the average. Research has found that there are wide variations in personal productivity, not just in the field of software. We have all encountered people are simply more productive than others. Their success can be attributed to a combination of factors including:
We can help you select for these skills and attributes. The difference in performance you could achieve between a high productivity and an average team is considerable.
Culture: Creating a high performance environment. Read More
You may be lucky enough to employ individuals who are highly productive - but how can you create a high performance ethos throughout the organisation?
In addition to Leadership and Selection we can help you introduce and grow initiatives in areas such as:
We can also help you avoid potential downsides such as competitiveness between colleagues, elitism, a lack of inclusiveness and failing to take account of individual needs.
Motivation: Harnessing Incentives and Intrinsic Motivation. Read More
We can help you use a range of levers to boost productivity, including:
Teams: Boosting team performance. Read More
Even with a group of individually productive people, the way they are organised and inter-relate can have a big impact on overall productivity. We can help you with a range of approaches to boost team performance, including:
Innovation: Generating and delivering new ideas for products, services and processes. Read More
We can help your people generate and deliver new ideas for improved ways of delivering services and processes in order to improve productivity.
All the above would be in addition to regular approaches to continuous improvement. For the main section on Innovation go here.
Training: Boosting productivity through enhanced skills. Read More
Key areas where greater knowledge and skills can have a major impact on productivity include:
We can carry out training needs analysis to identify where you would produce the greatest return on investment in training. We can also deliver training in decision-making etc.
Work and Interface Design: Designing the work environment and usability for efficiency. Read More
One of the most important ways of improving productivity is through the design of work processes, the working environment and the usability of systems.
Automation: Identifying and implementing tasks which can be performed more effectively by machines. Read More
In this context we are not talking about robotics and production lines, but office work. There are tasks within most organisations which involve decision making but are repetitive and formulaic. We can examine your business processes and identify those tasks which are most amenable to automated decision making, whether based on statistical processing, artificial intelligence or straightforward rule-based approaches. Using cognitive psychology techniques we will interview your specialists in detail to understand their decision-making processes and review data in order to design a practical system. This will free your staff to concentrate on more value-add activities.
Mental Health: Creating an environment where people can flourish. Read More
One of the most significant factors which affects the bottom line is time off due to illness. 57% of all time lost to ill health is attributed to mental health. In 2017/18 15.4 million working days were lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety (Office for National Statistics).
We can work with you to identify and reduce problem areas within your organisation. Treating individuals is one part of the solution but the most cost-effective approach is to address systemic organisational issues.
A host of factors are associated with stress, burnout, anxiety, and depression e.g.:
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Oxford Business Psychology 2020