Producing Productivity in Trinidad and Tobago

productivity-chartProductivity – A country’s productivity is usually measured by the country’s GDP per hours worked.

GDP – Measuring GDP is complicated (which is why we leave it to the economists), but at its most basic, the calculation can be done in one of two ways: either by adding up what everyone earned in a year (income approach), or by adding up what everyone spent (expenditure method). Logically, both measures should arrive at roughly the same total. ~ Investopedia

Productivity isn’t everything but in the end it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker. ~ Paul Krugman

Short skirts in the workplace has been shown to boost productivity by boosting attendance. ~ aka_lol

productivity cartoonPrime Minister Patrick Manning said the country’s productivity has been falling for the last five years and though I didn’t have the figures to prove it I had a gut feeling it was so since everybody I knew was either stuck in traffic or flood during productive times.  The Prime Minister is saying we citizens were being paid more and more over those five years but we produced less and less. I feel a sense of shame because of this. What The Prime Minister didn’t say was people were being paid more and more for one of several reasons –  to avoid starvation due to inflation, to go apartment shopping in Miami or to help win elections. The Prime Minister also said in his speech to launch the Productivity Council that citizens must work harder and come to work on time – the answers are always so simple.

productivitySo we need to produce more corn curls, Crix and painted stones (aka GDP) per man per hour.  How we in Trinidad and Tobago achieve more productivity will not be easy since UDECOTT is already spending efficiently and the new helicopters will produce more than just dust in we face. The Parliamentarians are taking the lead and agreed to a much deserved wage freeze but will produce more hot air in return. All these efforts must be commended but I am mostly hoping the 15-man Productivity Council has enough productive members to produce a productive report worth producing at a competitive price.

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9 thoughts on “Producing Productivity in Trinidad and Tobago

  1. Lovely piece to read. It is surprising you are noticing this with T&T. Some islands in the Caribbean would tell you that you should be grateful for your productivity levels. I think we should hold the people in charge accountable after all we pay them. Islands like Jamaica are so used to mediocrity that they take anything the government says.

    You have a duty to ensure your country produce well.

    • The problem is in motivating the population after the recent windfall was inefficiently and even corruptly spent. The source of our inefficiency is not with the regular citizens.

  2. the money spent for the theatricks on the launch of this could have hepled buy paint or side screens for the mentioned ‘productive’ people…

    productivity shouldnt need soo many bottles of water and vinyl signage and most definitely it would have been more productive to give me the rental fee for the rooms in the HYATT… i could have produced some videos on the production capacity that T&T can offer the world…

    lemme go be productive and conserve energy…

    • The efficiency of every dollar spent in Trinidad and Tobago by the Government ever since we had dollars is poor.

      You are right about the banners, water and HYATT. These people don’t see the irony of their stupidity. I am 100% sure Council members are there for the fame and lunch.

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  4. I don’t know why but PM PM doesn’t sound as convincing as Williams. The retro video was good and the people looked disciplined and productive.

    I like this video!

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