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By Gail C
In a workplace Productivity Pulse Survey, Ernst & Young surveyed 1220 public and private sector workers in New Zealand during March 2012. The findings revealed that about three in four people were motivated to do their job to the best of their ability and that 70% believe their work is valued.
Productivity levels of a worker’s average day:
The main time-wasters were:
Indeed, according to a UK study by Dr Thomas Jackson, it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought each time you stop what you are doing when an email arrives. On that basis, if you check your email every five minutes, you are taking up to one working day a week recalling what you were doing moments before!
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Parallels with our working lives in schools
The Productivity Pulse Survey findings gave pause for a moment of self-reflection. What parallels can we draw with our working lives in schools? Which of the following four groups, by which Ernst & Young categorised the Kiwi workforce, describes one’s own self?
The biggest drivers for increasing productivity were people management issues including:
These drivers are also relevant to help identify areas for improvement/intervention for delivering library services that support 21st Century student learning, underpinned by The Pedagogy of the Library
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