What Is Workplace Productivity?

by Calla Hummel; Updated September 26, 2017

Workplace productivity is a term referring to how much work is accomplished in a work environment (for example, an office, construction site or laboratory) and how efficiently workers complete tasks at their workplaces.


When a firm or economy is functioning at capacity, it is producing as much as it can given its technology and workforce – in other words, productivity is maximized. An economy or firm’s workforce factors heavily into its productivity, making workplace productivity one of the chief determinants in a business’s ability to meet its obligations and turn a profit.

Factors in Workplace Productivity

The workplace productivity level depends largely on employees’ motivation, the tools they have at their disposal and efficient use of resources. Effective leadership and management is also important, as is a positive work culture.

Improving Workplace Productivity

Managers and human resources personnel constantly look for ways to 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.

Issues wih Productivity

Following the 2008 financial crisis, many companies downsized by laying off workers but required the remaining employees to pick up the work that the laid off workers left, increasing employee stress. Stressed employees burn out faster, get sick more often and in the long run cost employers more money.

About the Author

Calla Hummel is a doctoral student studying contraband in international political economy. She supplements her student stipend by writing about personal finance and working as a consultant, as well as hoping that her investments will pan out.

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