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The Healthy Workplace by Leigh Stringer

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Productivity, Flow, and Creativity

THE WORD PRODUCTIVITY, AS MENTIONED earlier, was first used during the Industrial Revolution; later, around 1899, it was defined specifically in economic terms as “an increase in the rate of output per unit.” The equation calculates input as labor and capital and output as revenues and other components in gross domestic product like business inventories. Over time, the meaning of the word productivity has expanded to include microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and to incorporate differences across industries. For example, capital spent on equipment for a car manufacturer is a major input, whereas people ...

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