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Business English Vocabulary – PRODUCTIVITY

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Learn the meaning of productivity in English for business.

Do you sometimes look for the right words in meetings, emails, or presentations? The key is to learn new business English vocabulary one by one and repeat them often.

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Being Productive While Working From Home

This year has come with a big challenge for many of us: working from home.

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In our family, we have had many distractions. With the arrival of our baby this year, it has been difficult for me and my fiancé to be productive at home. 

Unfortunately, I’m not a productivity expert. I’m still struggling to achieve my goals and increase my productivity.

Even without a baby, why is it so hard for us to be productive when we have to work from home?

Balancing work and family life is hard. Your level of productivity may depend on the following things:

  • Fewer distractions at home may increase your productivity.
  • The level of productivity depends on a good workplace and working environment.
  • A lack of equipment causes a decline in productivity.
  • If you don’t have a good routine, your productivity will be low.
  • There will be a reduction in productivity if you have to take care of family members and your house.
  • Your co-workers can improve your productivity by motivating and supporting you.

Video: Habits that are Destroying your Productivity

How can we achieve a lot and increase our productivity while working from home?

Watch this video and learn what to avoid to be more productive.

What is the Meaning of Productivity in English?

So, what does the English noun productivity mean? 


Increased productivity is an important business goal. When you are productive, you produce or achieve many things in a day or week or year.

Productive professionals create or do a lot without being distracted. 

Unproductive people don’t achieve their goals.

Meaning of productivity in English

How to Pronounce Productivity Correctly in English


Don’t be scared of this long word. Pronouncing the word productivity is easier than it seems. 

The English noun productivity has five syllables. You stress the third syllable

The last three syllables are a bit faster than the two at the beginning of the word.

Listen to the pronunciation and repeat it a few times:

How to Use the Word Productivity at Work

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The noun productivity is an uncountable noun in English. 

This means that the noun is always singular and you cannot count productivity. The noun productivity does not have a plural form. 

You don’t say: 

  • a productivity
  • one productivity
  • two productivities

If you talk about and measure productivity, you need an adjective. 

You can also talk about the level of productivity.

When talking about productivity with your co-workers, employees, or clients, you can say these phrases:

Noun: productivity

  • increase productivity
  • improve productivity
  • high/low productivity
  • level of productivity
  • an increase in productivity
  • a decline/reduction in productivity

Adjective: productive

  • to be (more/less) productive
  • a productive day/meeting/week/worker

You can find more collocations in the Oxford Collocations Dictionary:

Collocations with productivity

Study the New Vocabulary

I know it can be hard to remember new words in English.

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As you know, you can only learn a new word by repeating it often. To help you remember the new vocabulary, I have created flashcards for you. You can practice and test yourself by using the different study modes on Quizlet:

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Let’s Practice

Now I would like to hear from you: 

What is one thing you can avoid to increase your productivity today?

Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

Happy learning! 

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