WLBL Lends Its Support To Pro­duc­tiv­ity Week 2014

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Saint Lu­cia ob­served Pro­duc­tiv­ity Aware­ness Week (Oc­to­ber 13-18). This was an ini­tia­tive of the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Com­pet­i­tive­ness and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Coun­cil (NCPC). The main ob­jec­tive of the week was to cre­ate a sense of ur­gency around the sub­ject of pro­duc­tiv­ity among St. Lu­cians. The theme for the week was “En­hanc­ing Pro­duc­tiv­ity is our Re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Wind­ward and Leeward Brew­ery Ltd (WLBL) felt com­pelled to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in Pro­duc­tiv­ity Aware­ness Week, both for staff and other part­ners, namely schools.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion, in play­ing its part, sought to en­gage and chal­lenge stu­dents of the pri­mary schools, namely Grace Com­bined and Blan­chard Com­bined Schools. As a company built on a strong man­u­fac­tur­ing legacy with prod­ucts of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, WLBL felt that it was im­per­a­tive to share its knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence with the young minds.

A team from WLBL led by TPM Man­ager, Jef­faust Wil­liam, vis­ited the re­spec­tive schools. At each school Mr. Wil­liam chal­lenged the stu­dents on their un­der­stand­ing of the word “pro­duc­tiv­ity”. “The first thing we need to ac­knowl­edge in adopt­ing a more pro­duc­tive life­style is that willpower alone will not be enough to stay pro­duc­tive.”

He then delved into com­po­nents of pro­cras­ti­na­tion which con­trib­uted to de­lays and re­sulted in di­min­ished pro­duc­tiv­ity. He cited ex­am­ples of dis­ci­plined sports­men and women, as well as mu­si­cians whose “de­lib­er­ate prac­tice” re­sults in high pro­duc­tiv­ity. This dis­ci­pline, he said, could be ap­plied to study­ing and com­plet­ing as­sign­ments On Time and In Full (OTIF).

“A study ex­am­in­ing col­lege stu­dents found that stu­dents who im­posed strict dead­lines on them­selves for as­sign­ments per­formed far bet­ter and more con­sis­tently than those who didn’t,” Wil­liam re­vealed. On the flip side, stu­dents who gave them­selves too gen­er­ous a dead­line of­ten suf­fered from the same prob­lems as stu­dents who set zero dead­lines. “When you al­lot your­self too much time to com­plete a task, you can end up cre­at­ing a ‘moun­tain out of a small hill’.”

Stu­dents were then given prac­ti­cal meth­ods of track­ing progress and us­ing an ac­count­abil­ity chart which they were told should go hand in hand with their study timeta­bles. Track­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity, it was ex­plained, would in­crease self-con­trol and self-dis­ci­pline and was a use­ful strat­egy for not en­gag­ing in “busy work”. “Busy­ing” them­selves with triv­ial mat­ters and dis­trac­tions would lower their pro­duc­tiv­ity, they were told.

Be­fore con­clud­ing the ex­er­cise, the stu­dents re­cited a PRO­DUC­TIV­ITY PLEDGE: ‘To be more Com­mit­ted… To strive for Ex­cel­lence… To be Bet­ter Plan­ners… To re­main Fo­cused… To de­liver’. Posters con­tain­ing th­ese pledges were also left at the re­spec­tive schools, as well as branded pen­cils .

Jef­faust Wil­liam of WLBL mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on pro­duc­tiv­ity to an at­ten­tive group of stu­dents.

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