Productivity: Don’t do More with Less – do Better.

If we all had a dollar for every time our organisations said we need to ‘do more with less’, we wouldn’t need to. Because we’d be rich and doing nothing.

I am known to use business buzz words and phrases, I’ll admit, but this one annoys me. A lot. The trouble with it is that it inherently makes me feel more tired and more under-resourced just reading it. I for one don’t want to do more, and I’m sure most of us feel the same.

So, what if, for every innovation or change we implement at work, instead of taking the ‘do More with less’ approach to Productivity, we took the ‘do Better’ approach. What do I mean by ‘do better’? Well, a few things spring to mind:

It’s easier to get your job done

You don’t have to jump through hoops, you don’t have to undertake very manual, repetitive and boring tasks to get something simple done. Things get done quicker and to a higher standard.

It’s more fun to do your job

You don’t have that sinking feeling when you get up on a work morning, there are some really great and different ways of working that you can’t imagine doing without now. It doesn’t feel like work so much as contributing to the greater goal.

You get greater value out of your systems and tools

It’s worthwhile spending time to really understand how your technology and systems work because they provide you will great functionality and capabilities that are really valuable to you.

You achieve greater outcomes

Rather than being stuck in the ‘doing’ all the time, you have time for the ‘reviewing’ so that you can where you’re doing well and not so well and have the time, inclination and resources to make changes. Dare I say it, you get more value out of your resources.

Use the ‘Do Better’ productivity approach to how you work with your systems and technology and see what a difference it makes.

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