The JPC offers a range of programmes to help businesses become more productive and competitive.  The team has worked with several organizations within the public and private sector offering clients customized solutions geared at improving productivity.

PRODUCTIVITY CONSULTANCY AND TRAINING SERVICES – The JPC’s aim is to provide you with a customized productivity improvement solution that will help you increase your organization’s productivity and profitability.  Our areas of expertise include:

  • Productivity Audits which are aimed at identifying where your organization or team is adding value, indicate where opportunities exist to eliminate waste, increase your competitiveness, and improve your bottom line.
  • Productivity Workshops which expose participants to key productivity concepts, tools and techniques for measuring and improving productivity and also help to motivate participants to take a more strategic approach to improving performance and achieving business goals.
  • Waste identification and elimination

PUBLIC EDUCATION – in an effort to build a national productivity culture, the Centre seeks to motivate individuals to recognize the value of productivity and begin to act in ways conducive to achieving higher productivity levels.  This productivity revolution is being facilitated through:

  • Productivity Awareness Sessions which provides a fundamental  understanding of the concept of productivity and how it relates to the individual, the organization and the country.  The session is adaptable to suite varying audiences including students, unattached youth, employers and employees.

RESEARCH AND MEASUREMENT – The JPC provides demand-driven, analytic and diagnostic research on productivity at all levels.  Areas of expertise include:

  • Research Publications which provide evidence-based information and analysis to guide policy formulation in respect to productivity improvement and management and the provision of consistent set of productivity indicators at the national, sectoral, industry and firm levels.
  • Productivity Benchmarking and Competitiveness Databases that provides data for evidence-based decision making

The productivity advisory services offered by the JPC to help private and public sector organizations includes, but are not limited to the following areas:

  • Process and Systems Improvement We take a strategic approach in identifying the specific performance gaps and non-value added activities present in systems and processes. This is done through streamlining and cycle-time reduction.
  • Quality Control We help to implement systems for verifying and maintaining the desired level of quality in products and services.
  • Inventory Control We help to implement the appropriate technological systems to manage inventory stock levels.
  • Kaizen is a Japanese word for 'continuous improvement.' Kaizen methods can be used to improve the productivity of any organization. We identify gaps and apply Kaizen tools that will elicit the desired improvement.
  • Energy Productivity It is a useful indicator for understanding the energy efficiency of an industry or an economy.
  • 5S 5S is a Kaizen tool which facilitates a clean and structured work environment. The five Ss stand for: Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain.
  • Benchmarking and Best Practices As a developing country, we seek to be on par with world standard in order to remain competitive in a globalized marketplace. Our Benchmarking and Best Practices service provide insight on current and developing trends which bolster our international business counterparts.
  • The JPC conducts research activities that provide evidence-based information and analysis to guide policy formulation in respect of productivity improvement and management.

    Government policy is crucial for providing the “supportive environment” for productivity enhancement. As such, the JPC must keep abreast of policy issues (at home and abroad) and maintain a dialogue with policy makers and stakeholders through the production of policy briefs.

    The Research objectives of the JPC include:

    • Research to provide information and analysis to guide policy formulation in respect of productivity improvement and management (e.g., policy obstacles or opportunities).
    • Research for sustainable development – this recognizes that the only means of economic development is productivity-driven as opposed to increased resource utilization.
    • Research to inform social partners and stakeholders.

    One of the core undertakings of the JPC is to sensitize the general public to the social and economic benefits of productivity growth, and thus inculcate a productivity-consciousness among the citizenry. The Centre aims to cultivate, nurture and promote productivity awareness among individuals, enterprises and the nation – stirring, motivating and exhorting individuals and organizations to act in the interest of higher productivity.

    The primary objectives of the Centre’s Public Education and Awareness programme are to:

    • Galvanize Jamaica into recognizing productivity growth as the highway to sustainable social and economic advancement
    • Lead the transformation to a national productivity-sensitive culture.

    Media and other public-oriented programmes are utilized to achieve public recognition and acceptance that productivity and competitiveness are wealth-generating processes that are imperatives for the achievement of sustainable socio-economic progress.

    The Public Education and Awareness programme of the JPC target all Jamaicans – policy makers, employers, managers & supervisors, trade unionists, teachers, students, parents, journalists, blue collar workers, office workers, farmers, etc.

    Benchmarking is a systematic search for relevant best practices that contribute to better performance in the delivery of goods and services. It involves comparison with and learning from competitors and industry leaders.

    Best practices is a relative term indicating outstanding business practices which have been identified as contributing to significant improvement in performance indicators in leading companies or organisations. A best practice contributes to excellent business results; is unique or different and is not done by others; is not only a plan or intent, but is well deployed throughout the organisation; is looked up to by peers and experts.

    Benchmarking & Best Practices Information

    Benchmarking & Best Practices information serves as an immediate tool for productivity improvement and is offered by the JPC to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and other organisations in the various sectors and industries of Jamaica. Benchmarking is a systematic search for relevant best practices that contribute to better performance in the delivery of goods and services. It involves comparison with and learning from competitors and industry leaders.

    The main objective of this aspect of the work of JPC is to increase the competitiveness of the economy by providing technical support to private and public sectors by making available international benchmarks and best practice information. This is viewed as necessary in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness at the levels of sectors, industries, organizations and divisions, thereby enhancing profitability and/or accountability.

    The Benchmarking & Best Practice information provided by the JPC is geared towards:

    •  Equipping industry professionals with basic tools required to meet the challenges associated with greater exposure to international competition.
    • Promoting deeper understanding and endorsement of productivity enhancement initiatives among management, workers and trade unions.