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Cracking the Code on Workforce Productivity

05.09.2013
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Technology by itself is not going to be enough to make a workforce more productive -- it requires a clear line of site to business value.

Let's start by looking at the state of business today: businesses have developed and implemented over-engineered, automated processes.  And in the quest to create productivity, we now have the 24 hr workday.

We need to figure out how to go on this "productivity" quest, but in a fundamentally different direction. Looking back at the last 60 years, we have been cranking 100% growth in productivity every two decades. The punchline is that we have now reached a point where it is just not working. There isn't an option not to be more productive. Industry opportunity and competition drive a treadmill dynamic that is always accelerating. We streamlined process and then over-engineered it. We automated as many things as we could. We even gave up our personal time, our vacations, and our weekends on all the quest to keep up. Ultimately, we need a fundamentally new approach to the problem.According to McKinsey, 28 hours of every work week are spent on sorting emails and finding the information needed to do our job.

The question remains: How do we get workers to an even higher level productivity? I elaborate on the answer in this deck.

To get this presentation on demand, you can access the recording here.

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