Why Productivity Derails?

A Hypothesis
Sohailuddin Alavi
Capacity Building and Institutional Development Consultant Karachi, Pakistan

Dilemma

In general individuals have capacity and willingness to achieve higher productivity both individually and in a group Nevertheless, sadly enough individuals’ and group’s productivity in typical work settings falls much below the aggregate potentials of individuals
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Hypothetical Productivity Framework

Productivity is a complex function of…
◦ Contents: Directions, Competence, Role clarity, and Resources; ◦ Perspective: Motivation, Perception, Priorities, and Psychological contract; ◦ Context: Participation, Access to information; Culture, Relationships and Interaction.

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Hypothetical Deterrent!

Failure to synchronize individuals’ vs. group’s
◦ Contents, ◦ Perspective, and ◦ Context.

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Hypothetical Deterrents

Contents:
◦ Individuals may interpret goals in a different manner, differ in level of competency, can not see their roles clearly and inter-dependently, and inequitable access to resources

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Hypothetical Deterrents

Perspective:
◦ Happen to work from a different motivation orientation, analyze and interpret the situation differently, assign dissimilar priorities to the tasks, fail to develop effective psychological contract

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Hypothetical Deterrents

Context:
◦ Lack opportunities or personal interest to participate with the group, limited to no access to information, culture fails to promote ownership, passion and enthusiasm at work, relationships promote nothing but status incongruence and interactions remain limited to one way communication

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