Productivity levels are higher outside the office for many companies, finds George Martin
Workplace productivity levels in the UK are still a long way behind companies operating in countries such as Germany, the US, and France, a report published by Red Letter Days for Business has revealed.
The report claims that since the implementation of the Government’s ‘Fixing The Foundation’ scheme in 2015, 42% of employees said that their employer has taken no steps to raise productivity levels.
Interestingly, the research also revealed that almost a quarter (23%) of employees get more work done at home, with less than one in ten (9%) preferring to work in the office. On top of this, over a third (36%) of the UK workforce regularly take work home with them, with nearly half of these respondents claiming that home is a less distracting environment than the office.
Productivity levels can also be raised by examining which day of the week workers achieve their best output; the study shows that 18-24 year old employees generally achieve the most on a Wednesday, whereas those aged 35-54 work best on a Monday. Location also plays an important role in productivity, with two-thirds (66%) of personnel working for businesses operating in either London or Edinburgh saying that their employer is making a concerted effort to increase workplace productivity.
Employees are advised to cut down the amount of emails which they send to colleagues, as nearly half of respondents (46%) said that they frequently have to respond to emails outside of working hours. It is also recommended that employees attempt to cut down on the admin tasks they conduct, with more than a fifth saying that they waste office time filling in timesheets every week.
Finally, the advice given to employers wishing to increase productivity is to invest in up-to-date technology, keeping meetings more concise, give staff more flexibility about whether they work at home or in an office, and most importantly giving employees autonomy to work in the way they feel most comfortable.
James Kelly, director at Red Letter Days For Business, said: “It seems our modern office environment has created bad habits. Technology, such as emails, should be speeding up processes not slowing them down. Something is going very wrong here. Businesses’ need to work together to retrain on areas like email etiquette in the workplace and to encourage better collaboration and efficiencies.”