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Tim Ringo

How to Engage, Motivate and Develop Employees to Improve Individual and Business Performance

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    The right job for the right person at the right time isn’t science fiction.

    Investment guru Warren Buffett once said that, at some point in their lives, all people need to find jobs that will have them jumping out of bed in the morning – rather than just working at ones that’ll look good on their résumés. Isn’t doing otherwise, he asked, “a little like saving up sex for your old age?”

    He’s right, of course. But if you’re like most people, you also need to worry about your mortgage, your kids’ school fees, your car payments, your student loan – and the list goes on. Life isn’t always easy, and a lot of things are just outside of your control. So it’s easy to get stuck in a rut in a less-than-perfect job and end up bored, disillusioned, and disappointed.

    The key message here is: The right job for the right person at the right time isn’t science fiction.

    The ancient Persian poet and philosopher Rumi postulated that everyone is born to do some specific kind of work, and that, as he put it, “the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” It’s a beautiful idea. But if Rumi was right, surely the job market would look different from the way it does today. So what would it look like, ideally?

    Imagine a marketplace that matches your skills and motivations with the right job for you at just the right time and also balances resource supply and demand. The author calls that PEIP – that is, People Engagement, Innovation, and Performance. And the benefits that PEIP stands to bring not only you, but also society, are enormous.

    Now add in AI and machine learning to make this marketplace even more efficient – putting the right people in jobs they love, and then working with technology to make those people more productive than ever before. Science fiction? Well, technology exists to make it happen today.

    In the following blinks, you’ll find out more about the challenges ahead, productivity and PEIP, opportunities for the future, and how you can build a case for change.

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    What is Solving the Productivity Puzzle about?

    Solving the Productivity Puzzle (2020) is a guide for people management professionals. It covers topics such as learning and development, motivation of the workforce, and planning strategies. It’s essential reading for HR professionals who want to build a culture in which people can thrive.

    Who should read Solving the Productivity Puzzle?

    • HR managers interested in change programs
    • Those looking for the perfect job
    • Managers who want to improve their employee productivity

    About the Author

    Tim Ringo’s career in the HR consultancy and software business spans almost 30 years. He was vice president of SAP Success Factors for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and he’s now on the board and a non-executive director of Optunli, an HR solution that provides strategic workforce planning. He’s a conference speaker and coauthor of Calculating Success.

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