The measure of productivity is the total output divided by the total input. For example, if your organization produces $100,000 in goods or services with five employees, then the productivity is $20,000 per employee. As usual, you can massage this number depending on the perspective you take to create the equation.
And yes, I’ve spent the last few Saturdays bringing back some productivity basics that we all need reminders about in order to make sure our business is moving forward as we want.
But I want to caution you about something – and that’s Toxic Productivity.
“Toxic Productivity is attempting to increase output and, therefore, productivity without concern for the effect on the inputs, namely the time and energy of workers.”
If you’re saying, “No workers! No problem!” – that’s just not true! That worker may just be YOU, pounding away in your home office while your family and team or business bustle around you.
Wondering what toxic productivity looks like? If you find that you are exhausted at the end of the day with diminishing motivation and output, it’s time to look at if you have moved from productivity to toxic productivity.
I look for three markers:
If you see these red flags, it’s time to reassess and determine if your productivity has moved into the toxic realm.
Right now, I want you to take a moment and honestly reflect on your productivity. Are you experiencing these red flags?
If so, there is something you can do about it.
If you find yourself pushing harder to meet a goal and becoming frustrated or agitated with those around you because it feels like they are not working as hard as you are, this is a red flag that you have moved into the toxic productivity realm. In the end, the only person you have control over is yourself and your communication.
Stop to review your expectations and the deadlines you have set for yourself and others. Do they make sense? How well have you communicated the expectations and allowed for communication back to you? I’ll say it again here – communication is key.
Know that toxic productivity is not irreversible. It simply takes awareness to shift back into a healthier mode that, in the end, will yield better outcomes, faster.
Don’t spend your time living by the motto: I’ve got dreams worth more than my sleep (Unknown) – because that’s toxic productivity at its best. Instead, find that productive balance that works for you – and watch your dreams still come to fruition.
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Being an entrepreneur and business owner is hard! Once you have your business up and running it's not uncommon to hit a few snags: scalability, staff retention, launching growth projects, getting enough sleep!