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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

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The pursuit of work happiness

According to a study by a team of economists at the University of Warwick, it is one of the most important factors. The study found that happiness created a 12 percent increase in productivity, while being unhappy actually makes us 10 percent less productive than the norm.

Article by: Annie McKee | Published: 14 June 2018

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‘Optimal office’ productivity gains could unlock UK productivity

The United Kingdom could reshape its economic future and unlock its share of £39.8 billion in untapped GDP if organisations were to optimise their workplaces, according to a new study by Ricoh and Oxford Economics, titled ‘The Economy of People’. Contributor Phil Keoghan, CEO - Ricoh UK and Ireland. The UK could achieve a 1.8 percent increase in GDP, equal to £36.8 billion, which could pay for the cost of Brexit twice with change to spare.[i]Similarly, the Irish economy could expand by 1.0 percent, or £3 billion, if businesses commit to creating the optimal office.

Article by: Phil Keoghan | Published: 15 May 2018

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Information overload hitting employee productivity

Businesses are not easing information overload, with just two-fifths having a process in place to capture, record and retrieve business communications. New research by TeleWare, has uncovered challenges experienced by employees with regards to information overload. With businesses of all shapes and sizes facing productivity issues as a result.

Article by: Steve Haworth | Published: 27 April 2018

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Don’t shoot the soothsayer | Print – Issue 161 | Article of the Week

I do enjoy a crossword puzzle, but I remember setting about a particularly tough one. All was going well, just a few clues left to solve, even “mithridate”- the poison antidote - failed to stall my progress. Then along came ten across, which singularly brought my preened and coiffed crest tumbling down in frustration and, quite frankly, ruined my afternoon. The clue was short and to the point, it just said “foresight”.

Article by: Graham White | Published: 28 March 2018

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Leadership is damaging employee productivity

Productivity is a major economic and business issue, with the UK falling behind the average for the other six members of the G7 group of industrial nations by 15 percent when it comes to productivity performance. Only 26 percent of workers respect their senior leadership team. Just three in ten (30 percent) feel like they belong to a team and their role in that team is valued.

Article by: Paul Avis | Published: 24 March 2018

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The internal brand – the answer to greater efficiency?

When it comes to tackling productivity and efficiency within an organisation, attention often turns to system and process-driven overhauls to instigate positive change. However, when a global manufacturing brand sought to bring about performance improvements, they acknowledged the need to create an innovative new internal brand.

Article by: Lesley Gulliver | Published: 20 February 2018

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January Doesn’t Have To Be Blue

January is often the bluest month of them all as everyone’s in a post-Christmas funk and eagerly looking forward to pay day. But it doesn’t have to be like this! In fact January brings those frosty starts to the day, that cosy feeling you get when it’s dark and cold outside, and a warm and toasty office.

Article by: Emily Wells | Published: 6 February 2018

UK employers must tackle presenteeism to improve productivity

New research from Bupa has found that two-thirds (64%) of UK employees have gone into work within the last 12 months despite feeling unwell, and a third (27%) have ignored their doctor’s advice to stay at home. Presenteeism is a growing challenge for UK employers, which needs to be tackled because of the impact it can have on productivity and absenteeism.

Article by: Adrian Lewis | Published: 22 January 2018