Ergonomics: Is it the Answer to Productivity Challenges?
Management Guru Peter Drucker Noted in Management Challenges of the 21st Century: "The Most Valuable Asset of a 20th Century Company Was Its Production Equipment. The Most Valuable Asset of a 21st Century Institution (Whether Business or Non-Business) Will Be Its Knowledge Workers and Their Productivity."
What Drucker describes is the greatest challenge facing management today. It is astounding that most employers have no idea how much productivity they are losing or why. This raises the obvious questions: How can you measure productivity loss in an office environment and how do you prevent it? The answer lies in ergonomics. It is the primary role of the ergonomist to help management identify and correct the factors that impede worker performance or put them at risk of occupational-related injuries and ailments.
When you hire employees, you need to provide them with a place to work, furniture, equipment, supplies, software and support. The sum of these costs; direct employee costs related to recruitment and training, facilities costs and IT costs is the real cost per employee. Human resources obviously is the largest organizational cost and productivity is the key metric. This does not mean that offices should become sweatshops with managers timing all aspects of the job. What it means is that there are preventable and/or correctable conditions in every office that significantly impede worker productivity.
Source: EHS Today
Impact of Global Media
Media is a powerful institution in modern society. It has enormous power. Its power now far exceeds that of the proverbial "Fourth state". Development of information and communication technology (ICT) has multiplied the power of the media several-fold. It has the power to control governments, mould public opinion. In a sense it has become an agit-prop. It offers its services to whomsoever needs them. It is not only governments and political groups that employ the media in pursuance of their goals.
There are also many civil society organizations, commercial establishments and even insurgents and terrorists that employ the media. We also see drug cartels and underworld mafia manipulating the media. In this situation media has a decisive role in shaping the destiny of society. Such an enormous power could be used both positively and negatively just as nuclear technology could be used for both peaceful and destructive objectives. Not only has the media gained enormous power it has also enormous means at its disposal. The world has come a long way in the development of technology that the 20th Century has dwarfed all ages preceding it. The ICT revolution that began in the middle of that Century is still developing.
Source: Sunday Observer, UK.
Mentorship Develops Leadership
Long before personal coaches and business schools, there was a less costly and informal approach for instructing and inspiring young, ambitious individuals. Mentoring was the traditional method of passing on wisdom and knowledge from fathers to sons, geniuses to their protégées and coaches to athletes. It's been disputed where mentorship originated, but not its benefits, both tangible and intangible.
Mentors are a confidant and adviser with whom you can discuss challenges and navigate around obstacles. They can also act as a motivational coach, an important aid and an educator. If you've ever been asked for educational and/or professional guidance, consider yourself a mentor. Whether you're involved in a formal mentorship programme at work, mentor through a professional association or volunteer as an informal mentor in the community, mentoring adds to your management skill set.
Mentorship develops leadership traits, improves communication skills, builds relationships across diverse backgrounds and enhances your coaching and teaching skills. Famous athletes and prominent business people attribute their success to having a mentor in their formative years. Lee Iacocca, Jack Welch, and even Oprah Winfrey had a mentor during their illustrious careers.
Source: CMA Management
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