I concur with Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam that for Singapore's economy to be more productive, business owners must take the lead by changing their mindset and champion productivity initiatives ("S'pore firms 'need mindset change'/Consumers need to change habits too"; March 3).

I would like to add that Singaporeans in the labour force must also change their attitudes towards productivity, even if this comes at a price.

First, they must be willing to give up on old ways of doing things and be keen to pick up new skills or adopt new technology.

Second, they must embrace the idea of increasing their output, yet expect no corresponding increase in pay.

An "equal" reward for their effort would defeat the purpose of productivity-driven growth since the increase in labour cost will negate the benefits of higher productivity.

Third, Singaporeans should not see the Government's generous financial schemes as entitlements. They should use these schemes with prudence.

There are stories of business owners who abuse the Productivity and Innovation Credit scheme, such as using the grant to buy their family electronic devices. This is an abuse of taxpayers' money and must be stopped.

It will not be easy for Singaporeans to change their attitudes, but this process is necessary for Singapore to achieve long-term productivity-driven growth.