Single Task Day: a reminder as to why multi-tasking can be less productive

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How productivity leads to economic growth

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Unlocking South Africa’s productivity potential for sustained competitiveness and economic growth beyond covid-19

There is no denying that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on the South African economy...
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Single Task Day: a reminder as to why multi-tasking can be less productive
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How human rights in the workplace drives inclusivity

As we commemorate Human Rights Month and specifically Human Rights Day on 21 March 2022, we are reminded to always keep these privileges in mind. This is especially important in the workplace where the act of denying or disregarding a human right could not only lead to serious lawsuits but can also impact overall employee satisfaction and productivity.

This blog will go back to basics as we explore what our human rights are as South Africans in the workplace, how worker rights promote productivity growth, and the power of inclusivity.

What are human rights?

According to FET Phase Business Studies, in South Africa, human rights in the workplace include:

  1. The right to privacy.
  2. The right to human dignity.
  3. The right to equality (or equity).
  4. The right to information.
  5. The freedom of speech and expression.
  6. The freedom of association.
  7. The freedom of thought and religion.
  8. The right to vote.
  9. The right to basic education.
  10. The right to health care, food, water, and social security.
  11. The right to safety, security, and protection of life.
  12. The right to an environment that is not harmful to your health or well-being.
  13. The right to fair labour practices.
  14. The right to access Labour Court.
  15. The right to assemble and protest (peacefully and unarmed).
  16. Freedom from slavery and forced labour.
  17. The freedom of movement.
  18. The freedom to choose a trade or occupation.
  19. The right to choose your own language and culture.

When these rights are respected and adhered to, a business environment will operate for the greater good and promote a sense of transparency, trust and inclusivity. As a result of creating a positive work environment, productivity levels can increase.

A study done by JSTOR, showed that when workers were treated better, encouraged to participate in management, and given substantial rights to bargain, productivity was not diminished, but enhanced.

The power of inclusivity

There is no denying South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world, and with our beautiful extent of diverse cultures, races, and traditions, we need to create a work environment that respects our diversity.

When workers feel safe and empowered in their workplace, they can explore their full potential and in return drive productivity.

Harvard Business Review highlighted five strategies that can help leaders, employers and managers create a space of unity:

  1. Emphasize the business case for diversity and inclusion.

Their research found that when workplace teams reflect their target customers, the entire team is more than twice as likely to innovate effectively for their end users.

  1. Recognise bias.

It all comes down to the individual in the position of power to make decisions. Ensure that person always operates on an unbiased basis and implement third-party checkpoints to increase fairness.

  1. Practice inclusive leadership.

Leaders are responsible to shape an environment that encourages communication and fosters collaboration in the ways of working.

  1. Provide sponsorship or mentoring programs.

The research found that people who have had sponsors or mentoring are 81% more likely to be satisfied with their career progression than those without.

  1. Hold leaders accountable.

Inclusion must be the core value of any organisation.

Productivity SA’s role in promoting human rights

Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 (1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014, as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity.

We promote a culture of productivity in workplaces, facilitate and evaluate productivity improvement and competencies in workplaces, and support initiatives aimed at preventing job losses and increasing inclusivity in the workplace.

We have partnered with various business formations such as the Black Business Council (BBC), South African Chamber Of Commerce And Industry (SACCI), Small Business Institute (SBI) and National African Federated Chamber of Commerce (NAFCOC) to increase participation in our Competitive Improvement Services programmes.

In addition, the core mandate of the Department of Employment and Labour is to regulate the South African Labour Market for sustainable economic development through appropriate legislation and regulations, inspection, compliance monitoring and enforcement, protection of human rights, provision of employment services, promotion of equity, social and income protection, and social dialogue.

Our main goal is for human rights to be upheld, drive individual responsibility and as a result, create a ripple effect of positive business outcomes that can drive economic growth in South Africa.

We would love to help with your business’ productivity and progress or shape an environment that celebrates diversity and drives inclusivity. Learn more about Productivity SA’s services or get in contact if you have any questions or requests.

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5 ways to boost productivity without boosting stress.

We all want to do more, be more and show up to the game, fresh and prepared. However, getting to a level of efficient productivity that is consistent and proactive, without increasing those pesky stress nerves, can be challenging.

One of the major ways that stress affects your productivity is by causing you to lose focus. When you’re not focused, you can’t be productive. You may start to forget things or fail to process new information and get trapped in a one-step-forward, two-steps-back tango.

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Celebrating International Ideas Month

They come as quick as they go – those nimbly, ‘wait-a-minute’ moments when your brain fire neurons faster than usual and you have that brilliant eureka feeling. There is something quite peculiar around the art and science of a good idea, or just any idea in general.

As human beings we are hard-wired to constantly find patterns and solve problems. Whether we’re at home trying to solve dinner problems, or at work noticing a pitfall in a process that is potentially hindering our productivity. Our brains are magnificent in finding new ways to do and see things, and this all comes down to having ideas.

Celebrating International Ideas Month, we have dedicated this blog to look at where ideas come from, how to spark new ideas that can drive productivity, and practical brainstorming techniques to develop an idea into reality.

“A half-wrong idea is also half-right.” – Gilbert, Pelham & Krull.

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How productivity leads to economic growth

The State of the Nation Address, productivity, and economic recovery.

This is the perfect time of the year to reflect as a country, on the state of our economy and what opportunities are available to be part of the economic recovery.

According to the South African Government, “SONA provides the President with an opportunity to speak to the nation on the general state of South Africa. To reflect on a wide range of political, economic and social matters within the domestic and global contexts, to account to the nation on the work of Government and to set out Government’s program of action for the coming year. Traditionally, the President makes key Government announcements during this important joint sitting of Parliament.”

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5 Ways to effectively lead your team into the new year

The new year is an exciting time but can be stressful and busy. If you are leading a team of employees, there are some things that you will need to do in order to get your employees ready for the new year and to prepare them for 2022. If the previous two years with the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that things can change quite quickly, and we have to adapt fast and adopt new ways of doing things. We have also seen that leadership is crucial to the success of a business in any circumstances. In order to have a productive business, it is important that each employee has their own set of responsibilities and tasks. As a leader in your company, it is essential that you understand how to lead your team into the new year so they can contribute as much as possible.

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8 Habits to learn in the new year to be highly productive

The new year is the perfect time to take on new habits for increased productivity. We all know 2022 will be full of challenges, so why not start off with a headstart?

Productivity is the essence of what we as an institution stand for. We have always been fascinated by it, and we are always looking for new ways to help businesses become more productive.

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International Creativity Month: How creativity ties into productivity

In a world where creativity has been all but lost, it’s important to remember that creativity is an essential part of productivity. Some people may think they are too busy to be creative or don’t have the time, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Creativity and productivity go hand in hand, and when you find ways to use your creativity throughout your workday, you’ll find yourself more productive than ever before!

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Staying productive during the holiday season

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration. However, as we enter this festive period, it can be hard to focus on work with all the distractions around us. The holiday season is an exciting time for many people, but it can also be stressful if you’re balancing family responsibilities with your professional life. It is the time of year when business owners are often faced with the difficult decision of whether to take days off or continue work. Employees are stressed with deadlines to reach and a final quarter of the year to end off.

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