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There are a lot of innovations and inventions in this world; mind blowing and awesome innovations that leave people intrigued and inspired. From the computers that keep advancing, to the cars that keep getting better, the buildings that keep getting taller, to the medicines that keep us alive longer.

The other day, I had an interesting thought and I put it down as follows: with your phone, you have your television, your work, your art gallery, your chat room, your gospel and the like all in one place. I find this fantastic.

This is how advanced the world has become and this is how far technology has evolved. This is the extent to which things have been simplified and this is how much time is now saved. For instance, instead of going to the library in town to search for a book, all one needs to do is search on a book application and download the book.

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We are living in a world that is full of magnificent things. But these things all come down to one thing— people.

There is always a brain behind all these innovations and inventions. There are brains behind anything humanly possible on this earth. The fact is, in the right environment and under the right circumstances, the human being is a productive maniac; the ultimate machine.

The right environment and the right circumstances vary from one person to another, some work better in active places, some are more productive in a calm and quiet environment, some work better with strict deadlines and rules, and some are inspired in the places where they feel free to express themselves with no restrictions. Every man has his own distinct ticker.

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In companies and various organisations, employees work better in an environment where they are motivated and appreciated according to their distinct needs and capabilities. It is imperative that supervisors should not view every employee under the same lens because people are different.

It is the duty of an employee to apply for a job that suits their desires, passions and abilities but, at the same time, it is the responsibility of supervisors to exploit the best ways to motivate the employees in their work. Motivated employees are productive employees. I have met motivated employees, and oh my, there is nothing like a motivated employee when it comes to productivity.

Unfortunately, not all companies in the country invest in exploring the motivations of employees and their productivity tickers.

Most companies focus too much on the numbers, forgetting the people who actually make the numbers add up. Superiors focus so much on making profits and pleasing ‘the board’ and other stakeholders so as to preserve their own reputation. But the success of an organisation does not solely rely on profit and numbers but also building a strong workforce and reputation of the company as a whole.

Various companies are going under because they are not investing in the people who work there and the people who contribute to the day to day miniscule details of the company. As they say, it is the little things that make a difference, and the same applies to companies. The little differences the people in the company are making day to day build up to the success of the whole company at the end of the month, year or decade.

How can a company move forward when half the workforce is disgruntled? Typically, employees complain about not feeling appreciated, not having enough time to rest and having little room for growth and, worse, the uncertainties of job security. Some companies believe that since they have so much money, they can afford to have people come and go as often as possible just because they can pay them. In this case, no investment is done to unleash the productivity of employees.

The workforce is an important aspect of any organisation or company and it should always be respected and elevated. We can have the best technical strategies out there, the best machines and all the money in the world but, if we fail to take the people to the greatest levels of productivity, it becomes a futile journey.

The country is going through a rough time economically and we need people in the private and public sectors to be as productive as possible so that we can improve the situation in the country. Investing in people is the greatest investment.

I rest my case.

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