iStock_000005932499success-puzzel-piecel1How do companies measure productivity? One way is through increased sales.
Recently we launched a complimentary training program for Team Development Consultants, and one of the biggest mistakes that keep team development consultants under paid, under booked and unappreciated is the failure to help companies measure the return on their investment.
So for those companies who are tracking sales this year, nearly half (47%) of Americans expect to receive an income tax refund in 2013. Among them, 47 percent plan to save their refund money and 44 percent plan to pay off debt, according to a recent survey released by TD Ameritrade. On one hand, it’s good to see that people are more likely to save their tax refund or use it to pay down debt rather than perhaps spending it unwisely. On the other hand, consultants who take the easy road to measure productivity through increased sales will need to dig a little deeper into their Client’s P & L.

Ameritrades Survey respondents also plan to use their refund to purchase necessities (28%), invest (15%), or to donate their refund to charity (6%). Only 15 percent said they plan to spend their refund on discretionary items.

When it comes to men and women, an interesting shift occurs once they get married, according to the data. Single women are least likely to save their tax refund (37%), while married women are most likely (56%) to save. The opposite is true of men, as 54 percent of single men say they will save their tax refund money and only 41 percent of married men say they’ll save it.

The survey also uncovered a difference in priorities between the generations. Younger generations have possibly learned a thing or two from the financial crises they have witnessed, as nearly two-thirds (58%) of Generation Y intend to save their income tax refund, compared to just 36 percent of Generation X and 40 percent of Baby Boomers who say the same.

These findings are very telling. For a consumer based economy like the United States, I hope we see a shift to more savings and retirement security. And, it also shows that sales are not the only indicator for company productivity. It is possible we will see a savings toward costs for profit numbers in 2013, too. This could be very good news for efficiency and team development consultants who help clients improve their working environment and culture.

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