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Increased productivity is a consistent goal in nearly every business environment. Finding ways to measure productivity and efficiency can be a challenge, however, especially as working conditions are undergoing rapid changes. With more organizations allowing remote work, more shifts being scheduled outside of traditional working hours, and more employees working on flexible schedules, even basic functions like scheduling and time tracking have become much more complicated than they were not long ago.
The most basic definition of labor productivity is the amount of goods and services a workforce can produce in a certain amount of time, but any project manager or human resources professional can tell you that there’s more to it than that. Improving your efficiency gains — increasing profit without increasing cost — requires close attention to individual employee productivity. That includes things like measuring engagement, listening to feedback, eliminating unnecessary processes, and providing training opportunities to improve performance. To improve productivity, an organization needs to invest in tools and systems that boost employee engagement while providing real-time communications to management.