Improving productivity is a goal of economists, business leaders, politicians and even individuals. And now, it’s a major initiative for the nation of Jamaica.
An article from the Jamaica Observer explains:
“Jamaica needs to develop a culture of productivity and we are on a mission to build a productivity culture in Jamaica that will influence the growth and development of productivity-driven organisations and individuals in both the public and private sectors,” [Minister of Labour and Social Security Derrick] Kellier said.
“Productivity must become everybody’s business and we are starting a productivity revolution,” he said.
“Our emphasis on productivity growth as a priority strategy is far from being simplistic and we have to retool and introduce new levels of technology into our business,” he added.
The words of Mr. Kellier are certainly bold and optimistic. But if this is a country that wants to improve productivity, it has to change not only its culture, but also its stereotype. Many people around the world envision the island as place to relax, not as a place known for getting things done efficiently and effectively.
In fact, The Methodology Blog has already covered productivity and workflow issues in the Jamaican government. These problems aren’t exclusive to this one Caribbean country, however. Any system anywhere in the world may have process and workflow challenges. And any productivity improvement program is subject to similar pressures from stakeholders, cultural expectations, and resource limitations.
If there’s any secret to improving organizational productivity, it’s recognizing that most of the changes are mental, not technical.
As Kellier says: “Jamaica needs to develop a culture of productivity.”
Does your business need to do the same?