How to Improve Workplace Productivity? Accentuate the Positive

Strictly speaking, productivity is all about comparing inputs with outputs - for example, how many widgets Jane or Joe Employee (or their workgroup or their company or even their country) can crank out per hour of work.

Whatever the variables measured, though, productivity requires a catalyst to creatively leverage all the resources required to produce goods or services. The most valuable of those resources, of course, is people. And most often, that catalyst is leadership.

Read more from Friday's TrendWatcher on improving productivity.