Drive on to build ‘cul­ture of pro­duc­tiv­ity’

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

THE JA­MAICA Pro­duc­tiv­ity Cen­tre (JPC) has em­barked on a pub­lic-ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in or­der to build a cul­ture of pro­duc­tiv­ity and to mo­ti­vate per­sons to recog­nise the value of pro­duc­tion to na­tional devel­op­ment.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the JPC, Dr Charles Dou­glas, said stu­dents are be­ing tar­geted in the drive through a pro­gramme dubbed ‘Be Pro­duc­tive’.

He said the ini­tia­tive, which is un­der way in sec­ondary-level in­sti­tu­tions, has been go­ing very well.

“If we get young peo­ple to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­cul­cate in them that pro­duc­tiv­ity sense, then when they get into the work­ing world, they can help to con­vert oth­ers who are not as pro­duc­tive minded,” he rea­soned.

Dou­glas said the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme is nec­es­sary to im­prove some of the pro­duc­tiv­ity in­di­ca­tors.

“We do pro­duc­tiv­ity mea­sure­ment at the na­tional level, at the in­dus­try level, and at the firm level. At the na­tional level, we know that some of the pro­duc­tiv­ity in­di­ca­tors have been de­clin­ing,” he said.

He pointed out that to­tal fac­tor pro­duc­tiv­ity (TFP), while show­ing some im­prove­ment, con­tin­ues to be neg­a­tive.

“It has been be­com­ing less neg­a­tive, but it is still neg­a­tive ... it means that we are not us­ing our re­sources as ef­fi­ciently as we should,” he said, not­ing that the pub­lic-ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign is de­signed to re­verse the trend.

TFP is the mea­sure of the ef­fi­ciency of all in­puts to a pro­duc­tion process. In­crease in TFP usu­ally re­sults from tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions or im­prove­ments in labour qual­ity and skills, best prac­tices, and phys­i­cal and so­cial in­fras­truc­ture.

“What we try to do is to ex­pose young re­cruits to the tech­niques and the think­ing, the phi­los­o­phy be­hind what we do, so we have this in-house train­ing, and where pos­si­ble, we even bring per­sons from out­side to as­sist with that train­ing,” he said.

The JPC is the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion re­spon­si­ble for pro­mot­ing and fa­cil­i­tat­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity im­prove­ment in Ja­maica.

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