As they make their resolutions for 2015, Barbadians are being urged to make improved personal and professional productivity a priority.

In an interview with the Barbados Government Information Service, Training Officer at the Productivity Council, Karen Collins, also encouraged persons to promote productivity whenever possible.

???The first way to motivate anybody is to expect them to perform. Too often, we sit back and watch our colleagues do things that have a negative impact on productivity and we do nothing. I don???t mean running and telling somebody, I mean perhaps even helping that person through an area of difficulty,??? she pointed out.

The Council is currently providing productivity training programmes for several public and private sector organisations, including the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW).

???We train you to be more productive at work but the same principles of continuous improvement, managing your time and goal setting can also be applied to your personal lives,??? Mrs. Collins explained.

Education Officer at the NUPW, Richard Green, believed that the Council???s training programmes also contributed to strengthening Barbados??? economy, as it encouraged participants to use resources wisely. ???Times are difficult and resources are scarce, and it is even more incumbent on us now to use all our resources as efficiently as possible,??? he maintained.

The Council offers workshops on Improving Productivity for Individual and National Prosperity and GET UP (Getting Everyone to Understand Productivity). Further information may be obtained by contacting the Productivity Council at 626-9416, or emailing

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