Productivity Research Insights

Productivity Research Insights: Unveiling Leaders’ Perspectives

Springworks recently conducted productivity research through a survey of 270+ professionals. Around a quarter of this number were leaders.

The research revealed a striking statistic – 88% of leaders believe that productivity at their workplace leaves much to be desired. [Link to Report: The State of AI and Productivity in 2024]

This statistic is particularly significant given the financial implications highlighted by some data. Research suggests that for a median-size S&P 500 company, the combined effects could result in annual productivity losses ranging from $228 million to $355 million.

Are productivity levels around us less than we think? Here’s what the world’s most current and foremost research says.

Leaders’ Take on Productivity 

  1. Here are insights into leaders’ minds that the Springworks survey gives us –
    • According to leaders, teams spending hours on manual, repetitive tasks is the biggest detractor of productivity
    • Leaders answered what they thought were the most significant effects of productivity loss due to manual, repetitive tasks.
      1. Their top vote was that it hampered professional growth by holding employees back from performing to their highest potential. This in turn could negatively impact their perception by leadership
      2. Closely following this was their belief that it could reduce their time for Learning and Development
      3. Leaders also felt that this amounted to or could contribute to revenue loss for the company
    • 77% leaders said they were open to using AI. 73% said that ChatGPT did not fulfill all automation and efficiency requirements.
    • Out of the leaders who use GPT 4, 82% said it is useful but not the end solution for productivity. 
  1. Deloitte’s 2023 Global Human Capital Trends survey revealed that only 24% leaders believed their organization was prepared to implement the ‘right business models’. It also found that 78% organizations were actively working towards a future workplace to enhance employee productivity, through process redesign or re-imagining work. (Deloitte)
  2. A Gartner HR survey disclosed that only under half of the workforce is reaching their peak performance levels, with only 41% of employees currently operating at optimum efficiency. (Gartner)
  3. 88% of business leaders concur that soft skills significantly contribute to business expansion, with 92% leaders asserting that enhanced soft skills among employees would lead to higher productivity in their companies. (Ethical Angel)
  4. Microsoft’s Work Trend Index explores the impact of AI on work, suggesting that AI could introduce new ways of working that keep pace with the increasing demands of the modern workplace. Microsoft’s research on Copilot’s impact on users’ productivity revealed that –
    1. 70% of users reported an increase in their productivity
    2. Users said they completed a range of tasks like searching, writing, and summarizing, 29% more quickly
    3. 85% said it helped them draft content more quickly 

Conversely, a Gallup report on Leadership and Management metrics also establishes the relationship between employee productivity and leadership quality – it cites that employees with strong trust in their organization’s leadership are four times more engaged and 58% less inclined to seek new employment.

Is Your Organization Productive? How Can You Increase Productivity?

Realizing that productivity at your workplace might not meet expectations is an opportunity for growth rather than a setback. 

Uncovering and acknowledging areas for improvement is the first step towards fostering a more productive work environment. Ignoring these insights, on the other hand, could exacerbate underlying issues.

Step 1: Know Where You Stand – Comprehensive Assessment

Begin with a thorough Employee Productivity Assessment to gauge where your organization currently stands. 

You can use this resource to kick off this step: Employee Productivity Assessment

The resource involves collecting and analyzing data on various productivity metrics. This includes but is not limited to employee engagement levels, output quality and quantity, and operational efficiency. 

Step 2: Be Consistent with Touching Base/Pulse Checks

Regular check-ins and pulse surveys are vital for maintaining an ongoing understanding of employee sentiment, engagement, and productivity trends. 

These consistent interactions help in tracking the effectiveness of implemented strategies and identifying new challenges as they arise. They serve as a continuous feedback mechanism, allowing for real-time adjustments to your approach to productivity enhancement.

Access toolkits for different stages in an employee’s journey. Use them to boost productivity – a pulse check would help accelerate resolution or action:

Additionally, you can also keep in touch with employee performance through these templates: Performance Management Policy Templates

Step 3: Take Informed Action

Once the assessment is complete, and continuous feedback mechanisms are in place, it’s crucial to take informed action. 

This step involves leveraging the insights gained from the assessment and ongoing check-ins to develop and implement strategies tailored to address the identified productivity challenges.

  • In this phase, consider introducing targeted interventions. These could involve – training programs to improve necessary skills, technology upgrades to streamline operations, or initiatives aimed at boosting employee engagement and well-being. 
  • It’s also important to communicate these actions and their intended benefits clearly to all employees. This would foster an inclusive atmosphere where everyone is aligned on the goals and understands their role in achieving them.

Templates for productivity can serve as a valuable guide in this process. They offer a structured approach to strategy development and implementation. This resource, Curated templates for productivity, gives a host of template options that can be used across different work contexts. (Like daily, reflection, or mind-mapping templates). 

Consider AI for Productivity

The action obviously does not have to stop here – with AI, improving productivity is much more accessible now than it ever was. This can range from using ChatGPT for generating drafts, or actions that can automate manual work, to roping in AI tools that can be game changers in the way you’ve been working till now.

Step 3: Monitoring Progress and Adjusting Strategies

Monitoring the impact of these actions on productivity levels is an ongoing process. 

Utilize the data collected through regular pulse checks to evaluate the effectiveness of your strategies. Be prepared to adjust your approach based on this feedback, demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement and responsiveness to your team’s needs.


By following these steps, organizations can create a dynamic, responsive approach to enhancing workplace productivity, characterized by a cycle of assessment, action, feedback, and adjustment. 

This approach not only addresses current productivity challenges but also builds a culture of continuous improvement and adaptability that can navigate future changes in the work environment.

Shambhavee Sharma

I am Product Content Manager at Springworks and enthusiastic about all-things-AI. Albus is one of my favourite AI-powered products - I feel lucky I get to write about and around it!

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