Business News of Thursday, 31 December 2015
Source: Kojo Smith
The management of Lakeside Estate has underlined ‘total commitment’ as the key to productivity at its End of Year Party to reward hard working staff for their selfless dedication towards the development of the Company.
The Managing Director, Noble Prince-Joseph M.K. Ayiku, speaking on the theme, “Achieving Productivity through Total Commitment,” said there was the need for workers irrespective of being in the public or private sector, to give their time and energy willingly to increase productivity for better returns.
Individually and collectively, we need to take a stand and resolve to be outstanding in order to be productive, and we can do this by maintaining the highest standards in our various field of work.’
He added that it was better to have few committed employees than having many non-committed employees because it was the committed employees that drive the successes of the company.
To buttress his point, Mr. Ayiku quoted a renowned motivational speaker Paul J, Meyer, who once said: “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort.’
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, a statement I am sure we are all familiar with, highlights the importance of planning and especially intelligent planning as pointed out by Mr Paul Meyer.”
In fact having a bad plan is worse than having no plan at all. It is considered the basic butter for the productivity cake by Laura Stack. Intelligent planning, therefore, entails research work and strategic thinking. It is a continuous process of looking at what is going wrong to fix it and what is going right to continue.
To be productive, requires planning, setting personal and corporate targets, datelines and prompt execution.
He further called for a critical look at the threat of social media to productivity at the workplace. He said according to data compiled by a research team in the United States of America (USA) more than 12.2 billion productive hours were spent on social media network every day in the that country.
He further said that the study discovered that the situation costs the US economy around $650 billion per year and roughly $4,452 to a company per year. He advised them to shun away from social media such as ‘Facebook and Whatsapp’ during working hours since it impedes productivity.
He, however, commended workers for their immense contributions, hard work and energy towards the development of the company.
He said the year was difficult for the business community especially those in the Real Estate Industry due to the severe energy crisis, depreciation of the Cedi, rising inflation and interest rates and the prevailing low international oil prices.
Mr. Ayiku called on the government to find a lasting solution to the energy crisis in the Country. He advised the general public to be at peace with each other and hold fast to the Lord as the country prepares towards 2016 general election. Mr. Ayiku again urged employees to strive to acquire new knowledge and skills in the new trend in real estate to increase productivity in the coming year.
He commended the awardees for working hard and motivated staff to do their best in the upcoming years so that they would also be awarded.
Mr. Ayiku said the challenges of 2016 may not be different from 2015, however, we must not lose hope but rather hold fast to the Lord our God as we have done until now (Joshua 23:8) further imploring them to always pray for the nation for peaceful election 2016.
The event was filled with music coupled with different dancing moves and skills by management and staff.