Workers' Welfare and Productivity Improvement: a Comparative Analysis

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WORKERS WELFARE AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

BY
UZOIGWE NNAMDI C.

INTRODUCTION:
The aim of this is paper is to provide the relationship between productivity and employee welfare in any business organization. It is a known fact that human resource is one of the most important resource that have to be managed appropriately if productivity have to be achieved and improved upon. Infact, organizations do not need to search for opportunities for productivity improvement anywhere, they exist in every workplace situation all of the time. It's for managers, supervisors, trainers at any level who wish to develop their understanding of productivity and their ability to improve the efficiency and utilization of resources,
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Davis; Aquilano; Chase (2003), Agreed with this and further buttressed the notion of value-chain productivity (using a broader notion of productivity referred to above) is becoming of increasing significance.

PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT PARADIGM

To be relevant in the dynamic and changing environment, productivity improvement effort must focus on two paradigm: firstly, doing the right things (know “what” to produce and distribute) by continuously reviewing and identifying changing customer and societal needs and expectations (economic, social and ecological) and developing and designing products and services to best satisfy the needs and meet the expectations. Create more customer values. Secondly doing things right (know “how”) by constantly improving production and distribution processes to produce and deliver the goods and services in the most efficient way while at the same time minimizing their negative impacts (Margiotta; Miller: 2000).

Because of the very dynamic markets, rapid advance of production and information technology, changes in resource availability and constantly changing customer needs and expectation, constant innovations in products, processes and organizations are essential for productivity.

Productivity improvement must now focus on value creation rather than on minimization of inputs. Higher customer value is created when the products and services meet customer needs for utility, timeliness, esteem,
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