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May 25, 2012

Hitting a record: Raising Spain's Productivity by 40%


We First Conquered Spain...

Now it's America's Turn


Our motto has always been “You can’t manage it if you can’t measure it,” and this is a milestone in our record. Based in Spain and growing exponentially, WorkMeter has reached unprecedented levels in increased production: 40%. Quickly gained rise and renown in the corporate world, executives and managers have recorded it increase productivity of their employees by upwards of 30-40%, refuting and outdating the stereotype of an “unproductive Spain”.

For you first time readers who haven’t had a chance to look at it, let me tell you how WorkMeter works. It monitors the time spent on various work-related applications, such as databases, Outlook email, and online sites, then compares it to the time spent on applications and sites not listed as work-related. It then provided the employee and their supervisor access to detailed productivity reports that show them just how productive they’ve been.

As opposed to contemporary methods of productivity reviews, WorkMeter is neither invasive or correctional; it revolves around self employee motivation. It's a productivity software that displays simple metrics to the workers themselves regarding their activity usage and leaves it up to them to take action, treating the employees as adults responsible for their work instead of children who need constant supervision. This change of attitude from the managers and supervisors has been recorded to effectively and drastically increase productivity in the office, as Spanish companies can now testify.

“As soon as we realize how much time we spend in applications” CEO and founder Joan Pons states, “we realize how to [better manage our time].”

“This program guarantees productivity and allows more flexibility for workers,” he continues to say. This touches on a topic I mentioned a few weeks back: teleworking and workshifting. With 25% of Americans now teleworking, both in the government and private sectors, WorkMeter gives them and the managers access to better time, project, team, and time management which will lead to an increase in employee productivity and motivation. In Spain, the lack of this was a big issue.

“There’s no trust in the employees here…The boss is like the police,” Pons comments. “I think we work more hours because there’s no trust between managers and employees.” It may be different here in America, but in Spain with a typical nine-to-nine work day and the longer siesta, or lunch break, this relationship does nothing to promote the motivation necessary to increase productivity.

"This is why companies both there and here block social sites such as Facebook," WorkMeter's Chairman, Andre Angel, explains. "At WorkMeter, we believe companies should allow employees the freedom to use corporate assets for personal use as long as they are given feedback to maintain a responsible balance necessary to meet deadlines and accomplish their objectives."

With productivity dropping in Europe, WorkMeter was the cheapest and most effective solution they found, increasing Spain companies productivity by upwards of 40%. Similar effects are being seen here in the US, which is why the one-of-a-kind software has been brought over to this side of the world. How much will it change national company productivity? Will its effect be as dramatic and effective as in Spain? Only time will tell, but the numbers never lie.


If you want to see first hand what I'm talking about, see for yourself right here.

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3 Comments:

At 5/26/12, 5:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This culture of "no trust" in Spain does not appear to be capable of sustaining productivity. Human behavior being what it is, I'd look for evidence of false reporting of the activities being measured. Coaching communication skills Is my idea of "first things first" to improve the economyof Spain through true productivity gains.

 
At 5/31/12, 10:06 AM , Blogger Alex said...

Not if they quantitatively see if they're being productive or not. This takes the report process out of the subjective field and into the objective. Coaching wouldn't help if it's a "trust" issue.

 
At 6/27/12, 11:24 PM , Anonymous chang long said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

 

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