The ability to plan effectively is a necessary skill for any manager to master. In the case of a supervisory manager, planning activity charts the ways in which agreed business results or productivity targets can be achieved. Organising how plans will be implemented, is also a necessary skill for all first-line managers.

There are four factors that have a direct bearing on levels of productivity. In this lesson, we will explore each factor in turn.

  • Our first topic examines how business and strategic plans influence operational activity. We also consider the impact of departmental budgets on the setting of output targets.
  • The next topic discusses resource allocation and production scheduling.
  • Our third topic in the lesson looks at the development of standard operating procedures as a means of maintaining the quality of product and service output consistently.
  • Our final topic highlights the impact of the physical working environment on employee productivity.

Commence the Lesson

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