When discourse about National Development are being made, employers and employees hardly find where development and growth of a country resonates with what they do. The reality has however shown that workplace productivity goes a long way to affect not only employees, employers, organization but also has a great effect on the economy.
According to Department of Labour “Workplace productivity simply refers to the willingness at all levels to keep learning and investing in skills. In a productive workplace everyone’s role is valued and all staff are encouraged to contribute ideas”.
Workplace productivity aids national development in different ways. One of those ways is by improving and impacting the economy of a nation. When the workforce improve on their skill set, their delivery on the job enhance the overall output of an organization which in turn contribute to the robustness of the economy; and with a good economy, there is decrease in unemployment while raising the standard of living for everyone.
One way to measure the role of workplace productivity to national development is to examine the typical loss of the nation to strike actions. In 2015 in a report covered by Vanguard, the Nigerian government lost 1.3 Billion Naira daily during the strike of oil workers. Also the National Bureau of Statistics in the report of Daily Trust in 2012 said the Nigerian government lost 207 Billion Naira in a eight days strike action against the fuel subsidy removal. These are indicators to workplace effective productiveness helps grow the economy of a nation.
Improve workplace productivity. Not only does higher productivity mean higher profits, over the long run sustained productivity also means driven and satisfied employees. One of the most important ways that productivity can be improved is through ensuring that employees have all of the tools (especially up-to-date technology) and resources they need to complete their work. Another key factor is keeping workers happy with their jobs, which can be accomplished through praise, flexible scheduling and creative project assignments.