pro·​duc·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌprō-dək-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce productivity (audio) , ˌprä-, prə-ˌdək- \

Definition of productivity

1 : the quality or state of being productive
2 : the rate per unit area or per unit volume at which biomass consumable as food by other organisms is made by producers

Examples of productivity in a Sentence

The country has low agricultural productivity. The company is looking for ways to improve worker productivity. There has been an increase in productivity.
Recent Examples on the Web Countering common age stereotypes can not only enhance the productivity and innovation of older employees but also contribute to a growth orientation among all employees. Liz Kislik, Forbes, 16 May 2022 By the mid-2000s, however, AvtoVAZ was struggling with issues familiar to many of Russia’s big firms: rampant corruption and a lack of productivity and investment. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 16 May 2022 As long as your laptop can handle the extra power requirements, these should be helpful for CPU-heavy productivity and rendering tasks. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 11 May 2022 Businesses that use smart contracts to improve productivity and profitability will gain a competitive advantage, Cuban tweeted. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 9 May 2022 Fresh data released Thursday showed just how much those costs are rising, with weaker productivity and stronger compensation leading to an 11.6% increase in unit labor costs, the Labor Department reported. Arkansas Online, 6 May 2022 Extreme heat can have devastating effects on labor productivity in these nations. Emily Barone, Time, 4 May 2022 Green stands for fertility, productivity and prosperity and the fertile cradle of Africa. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 28 Apr. 2022 While experts generally say employers should try to create a policy that makes sense for both productivity and workers, employees can do things to make their lives better regardless of the set policies. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of productivity

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Productivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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