Productivity in the Workplace: Whose Job is it Anyway?

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In terms of productivity in the workplace it is never clear who is responsible. Some say the employer should motivate and on the other hand the employee should be self motivated too.

In terms of productivity in the workplace, it is sometimes not clear who is responsible. Some say the employer should motivate, on the other hand some believe the employee should be self motivated. Ideally, the two should work together.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

Having productivity in the workplace is a commodity that many companies are struggling with. In order to accomplish productivity, is it the manager’s job to motivate employees or should the employees motivate themselves?

The Employer

Some would argue that it is the manager’s job to keep the employees motivated and satisfied in the workplace. If this is true then this puts a big burden on the manager’s shoulders. The manager needs to make sure he or she has ideas and plans that will keep the employees happy and will continue to provide productivity in the workplace. He or she needs to treat the employees fairly and have a good professional relationship with them.

The Employee

On the other hand, it can be argued that employees need to find ways of motivating themselves. They receive a salary to work and therefore should do so with a positive and glad attitude. They need to find ways of enjoying the job. If this is not possible, then maybe the job they are doing is not suitable for them, they might need to look for other forms of employment.

Motivating productivity should not be an us-or-them proposition. Ideally, employees and managers should work in tandem. Although it can be difficult to generate productivity in the workplace, it can be achieved if managers and employees work together in a professional manner.

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