More and more employers are starting to realize the painful truth – the productivity crisis that has swept the country is here to stay, unless they rip up the old Leadership Training rule book and start fresh.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) recently published more findings on the “productivity puzzle” which has been a problem for so many years. It said labour productivity was lower over the past decade than at any time in the 20th century.
Although the causes are not clear, there is an undeniable link to the credit crunch of 2009. That huge economic shock has created a permanent, long-term change to how our economy develops. Despite more and more people being employed, many of them are going into more and more unproductive jobs.
This is called the car wash problem. 20 years ago, car washes were already fully automated, but now they consist of 5 men and a bucket – less productive, not more.
But one thing’s for sure – this productivity crisis cannot be solved without some serious investment. And I’m not just talking about new technologies and digital advances.
I’m talking about investment in people. Training them to deal with the complexities of doing business in the 21st century. To get people to perform well you need to know how to communicate correctly and you can’t do this without specialist training.
A recognized process for teaching managers how to coach their teams needs to be at the heart of this investment. Unless your managers can change the behaviours of the most unproductive people in their teams, then businesses will continue to sleepwalk towards further productivity losses, and the “productivity puzzle” will never be solved.
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