Australia’s mindset must change if productivity is to improve
Posted : Friday, August 24, 2012
There is an urgent need to change Australia's mindset as
productivity is being hindered by a negative culture,
Linfox Logistics, CEO, Michael Byrne, has told a
CEDA audience in Sydney.
To boost Australia's productivity, we need to adapt to business
and economic trends, and change people's mindset for growth, he
"Mindset is the thing holding us back from being better and
greater than we are today," he said.
"Changing mindset is the most important thing we do. This is
where Australian leadership fails and Australian businesses fail.
We are not having the hard discussions about changing culture.
"What we are being held back by is a mindset and culture that we
have rights before we have obligations. We expect things for
nothing; we want a great lifestyle without working really
He highlighted the need to change workforce patterns and better
align the working hours of blue and white collar workers.
"Saturday is my second biggest day of the week. Thirty-seven per
cent of my work is done at night. I want to see 37 per cent of the
white collar workforce work at night," he said.
"It's not nine to five, Monday to Friday (anymore). It's never
going back and we need to suck it up and get on with it."
Mr Byrne also emphasised female participation in the workforce
has contributed to changes in workforce patterns however, there is
still a need to change management patterns.
Linfox employs 5000 women - this is a business decision not a
social statement, you can't ignore 51 per cent of the population,
"Our industry and Australia need to be more flexible. It's not a
union issue, the union only steps in when management is poor.
Management is supposed to lead, and is supposed to be out there and
challenging people," he said.
He also highlighted the need to invest in people and lifelong
"We've (Linfox) spent $34 million on tertiary education in the
last five to six years. Tertiary education is the third largest
budget after IT and HR," he said.
To deliver strong and adaptable solutions for the future, Mr
Byrne said Linfox follows six core themes:
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- Growing profitability;
- Commitment to our people;
- The environment; and
- Continued operation across the Asia Pacific region.