An increasing number of Barbadians seem to be interested in improving their productivity.

And, over 200 people have already registered for The Productivity Council???s GET UP! (Getting Everyone To Understand Productivity) training sessions which started in September and will continue until November.

Head of Training and Development at The Productivity Council, Shawn Callender said he was pleased with the response, since, according to him, productivity is extremely important to help Barbados get through these difficult economic times.

Mr. Callender said: ???One of the pillars that Government has outlined is improving productivity throughout the nation and we [also] see this area as vitally important??? Productivity does not only include working hard and producing goods and services, but it looks at the quality as well??? I believe strongly that productivity is the way we need to go and as we continue at The Council to educate people on what productivity is, I believe that we are going to see a greater buy-in of individuals and this nation will become more productive.???

Describing productivity as a measure of efficiency, he explained that it examines how resources are efficiently converted into output. ???It takes into consideration the relationship between the quantity of output and the quantity of input used to produce that output,??? he explained.

The GET UP! Project started in the Warrens area and the south coast was added earlier this year. Mr. Callender pointed out, however, that the initiative was developed in an effort to ???blanket the entire island??? and sensitise people about productivity.

He noted that public and private sector workers, as well as unemployed people were being targeted for the half-day seminars. He added that the participants were learning how they could work smart, including how to get it right the first and every time, how to communicate effectively, what is service quality, the importance of team building and how to manage time effectively.

Those persons who are interested in participating in the training should call Tara Parris or Roseann Morris at The Council, at 626-9416, to register.

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