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Productivity and People

Employee productivity is particularly important in small businesses, where resources are more limited than they would be in a large company. According to a study by Opus Energy, 86 percent of UK SME’s claim that productivity is an issue.

Article by: Mike Davis | Published: 31 January 2019

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Productivity low, innovation scarce… employees dissatisfied

Speaking to the Harvard Business Review, the former CEO of Honeywell, Lawrence Bossidy, said that in his mind, there was ‘nothing more important than hiring and developing people’. ‘At the end of the day,’ he said, ‘you bet on people, not strategies’.

Article by: Will Williams | Published: 11 December 2018

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Five Tips to Staying Productive at Work

Whether you’re preparing to enter into a busy quarter, catching up on work, or maybe just making the most of your day, we can all certainly work on becoming more productive. Especially now in the digital era where distractions are abundant. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Article by: Alex Leaf | Published: 21 November 2018

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An army marches on its stomach*
Print – Issue 169 | Article of the Week

The worst decade of productivity has caused wages to flatline, but the time for inactivity has long passed. Employers must review their benefits offering and ensure it is fit for purpose, if they want to avoid their Waterloo. Many have been reluctant to touch legacy benefits, putting the legal and consultation processes required to change in the ‘too hard to touch’ category.

Article by: Jamie Barnes | Published: 14 November 2018

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Questioning the data pointing to the UK production crisis

New report explores the data usage, collaboration, and productivity habits of senior business leaders and their employees. UK businesses’ hopes of climbing out of a productivity rut are destined to fail as the overwhelming majority of business leaders continue to make decisions uninformed by data, according to the findings of a new report.

Article by: Ritu Mahandru | Published: 11 November 2018

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Open plan workplaces and the productivity puzzle

Open plan studies are placing too much emphasis on collaboration and not focusing enough on the real cause of worker inefficiency, noise, according to the latest data from Unispace. The study by the global workplace experts shows that firms are erroneously introducing open plan working environments believing that they will enhance staff productivity.

Article by: Sam Sahni | Published: 30 October 2018

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How to sustain productivity when the clocks go back

The shortening of daylight hours and lack of exposure to sunlight during the winter months can cause us to feel down and less able to cope. Not only do our immune systems take a hit between September and April meaning we are more vulnerable to infections and illness, there is also a rise in depression and mental health related problems.

Article by: Mark Pinches | Published: 22 October 2018

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“I know my place”*
Print – Issue 167 | Article of the Week

Since Nobel Prize winner Ronald Coase’s work, we know that firms exist so that employees can accomplish complex tasks more efficiently than if working independently. The hierarchical bureaucracy emerged with the appearance of the first large firms - mills - as one way to coordinate these tasks.

Article by: Isaac Getz | Published: 13 September 2018

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Productivity – it’s not all about labour output anymore

It’s quite worrying to hear that the average UK labour output is now around 18% below the current European average. Recent ONS[1] data tells us that it takes the average British employee five days to produce what our counterparts in France and Germany can do in just four.

Article by: Nicola Britovsek | Published: 30 June 2018

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Is walking out of unproductive meetings the only solution?  

CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk sent out an email to staff in which he suggests walking out of meetings if found not productive but is this really the solution? A recent study by Bain & Company found that senior executives are spending on average more than two days a week in meetings. But if employees aren’t finding meetings useful, what other ways are there to tackle this?

Article by: Steve Duignan | Published: 26 June 2018