Individual’s Productivity at Work — Its Importance and How It Is Measured

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Regardless of the type of employment, the one criterion that contributes to the success of the business is productivity. As much as team growth and collective productivity are important, an individual’s productivity is something that acts as a foundation for the success of any task. At workplaces, the performance is often measured based on the team’s collective effort. When the desired results aren’t received, the pressure is collectively put on the entire team. We often fail to understand the underlying issue and how important it is to approach it in order to get remarkable results. In this blog, we are going to discuss the role of an individual’s productivity in the overall success of a team and that of an organization,

Let us start with understanding the meaning, importance, and benefits of an individual’s productivity,

Consistent productivity is a sign of professional behavior and conveys a positive message to the people surrounding you in the workplace. When a person strives to be productive on a daily basis, it shows his/her commitment towards work which is a good sign. However, its importance is always undermined and not much valued. Slogging 9-5 is one thing and working for a few hours but doing it productively is the other. The quality of work done in that certain period of time is valued more than the work done dreading throughout the day.

Here are some tips that can enhance an individual’s productivity at work,

Get organized:

The first thing that pops on one’s mind when you hear the word productive is ‘getting organized’. Yes, getting organized is the first and vital step here. One cannot work properly with a cluttered mind or space. Get rid of the clutter on the desk, at home and even from the clutter that’s on your mind. It prepares you for a new start and helps you see your goals clearer.


Make a To-do list:

It may sound cliché but making a to-do list will always remain a great way to track your progress. It helps you stay ahead of time (not literally but with all the planning and ideas) and saves you from unnecessary worrying.


Take breaks:

Breaks aren’t always bad, neither are they a sign of procrastination. In fact, taking regular and timely breaks can enhance your performance. It gives the brain enough time to bounce back with full energy. Take small breaks every now and then, but make sure you don’t stretch it for too long.


Set deadlines:

Nothing works better than well-set goals and nothing feels better than the sense of achievement you are rewarded with on completion of those goals. Set some deadlines for yourself; they don’t have to be difficult or complex. Also, be sure to set realistic deadlines, don’t push yourself to work beyond your limits.


Avoid multitasking:

The feeling of accomplishment you get while multitasking is a hoax. It is a myth that multitasking means productivity. In reality, multitasking can lead to falling into the efficiency of work. Moreover, it affects one’s quality of work as the brain is subjected to processing several things at once.

Next, let us delve a little deeper into the concept and see what productivity means and how it is measured, from an employer’s perspective. There are several factors that are considered while measuring an individual’s productivity. Plus, there are a lot of variables that affect an individual’s productivity.

 Here is a list of such variables considered by several organizations,

  • Technological variables – relating to certification, skills, techniques and technical knowledge.
  • Sociological variables – relating to the changes in an individual’s work when subjected to a group of people or a new work environment.
  • Psychological variables – relating to an individual’s beliefs, morals and work ethics.
  • System variables – relating to the changes in system and management.


Various organizations measure their employee’s productivity on a regular basis and here are some of the most common methods they use,

  • Alignment with a common goal:

One way to measure an employee’s performance or productivity is by aligning their work with the organization’s goal. For instance, if an organization aims to reach a target of $10 billion, it encourages the employees to work towards that one common goal by providing them proper resources, incentives, and other benefits like professional certification training while measuring the contribution from their side regularly.


  • The quantitative method:

Most commonly used in small and even large organizations, the quantitative method involves measuring performance based on the work contributed per hour, day or month. It is an easy, effective and time-saving method.


  • Feedback method:

This is also called as 360 feedback method. As the name suggests, it involves feedback from teammates and others, whose opinions are valued and based on the feedback, the productivity of an employee is determined.



All things considered, it is evident that an individual’s productivity is of prime importance in the matters of the overall success of an organization. Not just professionally, measuring productivity on a regular basis and working on it consistently can benefit an individual in his/her personal life too. Furthermore, it is a win-win situation for both the employer and employee as it contributes to the overall growth.


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