6 Benefits of Using GTD in the Workplace

Business productivity is defined as the ratio between the production obtained and the resources used to obtain that production. It’s, therefore, an indicator of efficiency. The objective is always to do more with less.

To increase the production of materials and expendable objects, we resort to industrial mechanization. But there are companies, or areas of a company, in which the production capital is the knowledge and creativity of the workers themselves. These are the so-called knowledge workers.

This type of worker tends to “create their own work” based on their thinking and the needs of the company. Measuring their productivity is complicated because the value of what they produce is often intangible or difficult to measure, and there isn’t a direct relationship between the number of hours worked and the results generated.

An extensive study conducted by Advanced Workplace Associates concluded that there are a number of factors that influence the productivity of knowledge workers:

  • Their integration with the rest of the team

If companies want to be more productive, they must create an space and a company culture that takes care of these factors.

Something that this study does not mention, but which is obvious, is that an employee’s individual productivity is totally influenced by their intelligence, their mastery of the area of knowledge in which they work — something that is normally in constant evolution — and a set of soft skills necessary to achieve good performance. In this sense, the company must make frequent investments in training courses.

One of the soft skills that every employee must master to be efficient at work and in life is personal organization or self-management.

If all employees had the knowledge and tools necessary to apply a personal organization methodology such as GTD ( Getting Things Done), the company would obtain the following benefits:

  1. Increased confidence in the team. Everyone would know that the tasks they delegate to another team member would immediately go into their personal management system for further processing, without fear of it being forgotten.

Undoubtedly, these are great benefits for both the company and the employee. But a more horizontal and collaborative corporate culture is needed. If we want more profitable companies and more involved workers, it’s necessary to eliminate the old-fashioned control structures of the corporate world.

Originally published at https://facilethings.com.

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