Also, it was found out that TQM (total quality management) system did not have much significant effects on productivity. Rather, it was raising the proportion of workers in making decisions in the work place (regular meetings, etc.) that showed a positive impact on labor productivity. Profit-sharing In manufacturing plants with profit-sharing schemes for non-managerial workers, there was a 7% higher labor productivity shown compared with their competitors in the same field. Experts say that for one to develop a positive outlook in life, he or she must be able to keep a positive attitude first. Once positive attitude is set, it is easier to look things in an orderly way. For one to develop positive attitude, he or she must undergo self-reassessment to find out what are his or her strengths as well as the weaknesses. However, the problem is that some components of productivity are easier to measure than others. Hours worked or materials consumed are easily quantifiable than the level of customer satisfaction, the product quality, or the extent of the staff s caliber. At this point, productivity should have a strategic dimension. Do not overlook simple and small goals. Work to achieve those goals on a daily basis. You would be surprised how much work you could get done in a week and in a month. De-clutter your workstation. Is your office table always too crowded? There could be too many documents or piles of papers sitting on your table top. Productivity is not only at a standstill in some places, it actually had gone down in some, too. Some businesses had their employees take one paid day off every pay schedule. Others have their office days only from Monday to Thursday while still others shortened their work days. Impact on productivity There were two interesting reactions to these cost-cutting methods done by businesses. In his anecdote, Mr. Triplett recounted visiting an old but still workable assembly plant three stories high. The workers followed the old routine of bringing in the materials in the first floor, doing the sub-assembly at the second floor and the final assembly at the top floor. Over the years, the machines assembled got bigger and bigger and they were difficult to bring down from the top floor.