Drawing, Mingling & Training, All for Productivity

As I have said before (see The Innovators Quandary, December 21 post) I believe productivitydrawing helps you become more productive in business is a result of and closely linked to creativity often disguised as innovation so when I came across the article ‘7 Ways Learning to Draw Can Improve Your Productivity’ I was quite intrigued. Will Kemp on his website ‘Lateral Action’ suggests “Productivity is often linked to a fear of failure, an obsession with thinking rather than doing”. He goes on to offer specific links between learning to draw and how that could improve your productivity including; willingness to actually start doing, focusing instead of multitasking, and unlocking your creativity. I like having new tools in my tool bag as I truly believe that old saying – the definition of insanity is doing things the same way and expecting different results.

Does your company offer opportunities for employees to get together outside of work? A recent study by The Creative Group said employees who socialize outside of the office enjoy more productive working relationships. The benefits included learning those extra skills colleagues have and changing the mindset creating better buy-in and more team players. So before you decide whether or not to have that company picnic consider this and perhaps there are other things you can do to encourage the people who work for you or with you to invest in their work relationships.

If you are on the lookout for incentives and best practices to help retain employees then you need to have a look at Mark Graban’s Lean Blog post for January 10th.  Not only does Mark suggest a great practice but one that also contributes directly to the bottom line.  Cross training when implemented appropriately offers significant savings and taps into that intrinsic motivation that is critical for engaging employees.  Combine cross training with empowering employees to implement continuous improvements in their day-to-day tasks and you have engaged employees and a more profitable business.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at http://www.bluecollarconsulting.ca/.

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About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on January 11, 2012, in Business Productivity, employee performance, motivating employees, productivity, small business and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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