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How to Measure Employee Productivity in the Knowledge Economy

How To Manage A Team

  • Ensure the team is working on the tasks that align with their core competency. Maximize the time for meaningful work, while minimizing other activities.
  • Set up the measurement yardsticks in the team for the output that you would require, like shipping of the product on a set deadline, or client scores.
  • Create a standardized yet flexible system of setting up the team goals. Take employees input so that they define what the team’s success would look like.

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