Saturday 17 August, 2019

Productivity conference targets business leaders

Managing Director of Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd.

Managing Director of Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd.

Jamaica’s long-standing battle against low productivity intensifies as the revered Make Your Mark Consultants joins with the national organisation responsible for facilitating productivity improvement, the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) to host a national conference on October 19.

“We must recognize that our productivity levels are below what obtained in the 1960’s which has implications for the type of growth our economy can experience and its impact on our nation,” expressed Managing Director of Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd.

The conference is targeting business leaders who are tasked with improving their organizations’ efficiency. The aim is to equip them with the requisite information and tools to blaze the path to organisational transformation through managing waste and improving business performance.

“Many organisations are currently in the process of reviewing their budget and so it is a good time to offer this intervention so that they can reflect and reorganise resources to focus on what matters. That is, they need to channel their energies in pairing resources and business processes in a more efficient and effective relationship,” continued Coke-Lloyd.

According to Executive Director of the JPC, Dr. Charles Douglas, “Profitability tends to blur the vison of decision makers, allowing them to become comfortable with the gut-feeling of mere business survival.” “However,” he continued, “Jamaica must build a culture of measurement so that the productivity gaps can first be identified and measures put in place to address them.”

“Once you begin to measure, the numbers will begin to speak the truth and you will begin to see the urgency and how important it is to review and change processes through technology and innovation,” affirmed Douglas.

The conference will be held on October 19 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston and will focus on topics such as productivity measurement, change management, waste reduction, research and innovation, among others.



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