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Group of employees Productivity should be defined as workers doing the right things, at the right times, and with the right tools in order to achieve set objectives in a timely manner. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Productivity means different things to different people. To some, productivity means finishing a given quantity of tasks within a set timeframe. A worker who finishes a hundred tasks, in this case, is considered to be more productive than a colleague who finishes 80 tasks, for example, the importance of the tasks completed notwithstanding.

To others, productivity means doing quality work (top priority work) and exceeding set expectations within a reasonable timeframe. Quality supersedes quantity in this case, so a worker who finishes one top-priority task is considered to be more productive than a colleague who completes two or even more low-priority tasks.

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