All employers want productivity. Whether they view their employees as expendable assets or capital assets, they want returns on those assets. There are even indexes that employers can use to determine the ROI on each employee.
Productivity does not come from micromanaging, threatening or making excessive demands. It does not necessarily come from implementing Six Sigma or Lean theories. It comes from creating a healthy environment in which employees believe that they are valued, that their contribution to the vision, mission and company goals is valued and appreciated, their desire to build a career is taken seriously, and where they get satisfaction out of the work they are performing.
Productivity is earned by the organization. It is not automatic. Is your company earning the optimal productivity of its people?