Productivity Tools

Using these tools will help with your productivity.


One of the most important responsibilities of an operations manager is to achieve productive use of organization’s resources.

Productivity is an index that measures output (goods and services) relative to the input (capital, labor, materials, energy, and other resources) used to produce them.

It is usually expressed as the ratio of output to input: or Productivity =  Output over Input

Ways to Increase Productivity

Increase output by using the same or a lesser amount of (input) resource.

Reduce amount of (input) resource used while keeping  output constant or increasing it.

Use more resource as long as output increases at a greater rate.

Decrease output as long as resource use decreases at a  greater rate.

Production  is concerned with the activity of producing goods and services.

Productivity  is concerned with the efficiency and effectiveness with which these goods and services are produced.

Efficiency and Effectiveness for productivity improvement.

Efficiency is a necessary but not a satisfactory condition for productivity. In fact, both effectiveness and efficiency are necessary in order to be productive.

Efficiency is the ratio of actual output generated to the expected (or standard) output prescribed.

Effectiveness, on the other hand, is the degree to which the relevant goals or objectives are achieved.

Effectiveness involves first determining the relevant (right) goals or objectives and then achieving them.

If, for example, nine out of ten relevant goals are achieved, the effectiveness is 90%. One can be very efficient and still not be productive.