BLUF

Certain environmental, cognitive and communication practices to avoid to enhance productivity.

Summary

Some argue if you can't measure it, don't do it. Individually, people are held accountable for their time, actions, and what, how and when they produce it. Laura Stack presents five common mistakes made in the workplace that can reduce productivity. If these mistakes are avoided there should be a marked increase in productivity. In the military context, productivity is inextricably linked to capability output as seen in Defence's First Principles Review which demonstrates this philosophy at the enterprise level. Obviously, the military operates in a different environment from that of most commercial organisations however, ideas for innovation can come from all walks of life. How will you implement these five practices to improve your teams' productivity?