Workplace productivity: The human factor

Thu 14 Dec 2017 09:30
Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NQ

Workplace productivityBackground

For decades the UK has faced the challenge of improving its productivity relative to our main competitors. Traditionally there have been two main ‘levers’ which governments have sought to pull to do this.

The first has been investment in technology, with the assumption being that – on average – well designed and appropriately deployed technology can improve output per hour worked. Underpinning this has been an understanding that, to some extent, the substitution of ‘labour’ with ‘capital’ can bring economic efficiencies both in workplaces and in the wider economy.

The second has been skills. Here there is strong evidence that more highly skilled and flexibly deployed workforces, although they may command higher wages, also contribute significantly to higher productivity. But how do these principles translate into workplace practices? What have high-productivity employers across a number of sectors done to deliver sustainable improvements in output and quality?

This event will take a deep dive into some case studies in the private and public sectors to draw out the big lessons for HR practitioners and line managers.

Topics we will cover include:

  • How different organisations measure and manage productivity.
  • Understanding the productivity 'levers' under your control.
  • Examples of workplace productivity improvement tools and their effectiveness.

Event programme

The programme for this event will be made available soon.

Lunch will be provided.

Who should attend?

 HR practitioners and line managers.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

This event will ‘de-mystify’ productivity and present examples of successful interventions which you may be able to apply in your organisation.


Facilitator: Professor Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies

Ticket prices

HR Network member tickets (find out more):

Full member: Free
Associate member: £120 (+VAT)
Flex member: £150 (+VAT)

Non-member tickets:

Non-member: £190 (+VAT)


Disclaimer: Please note that photography and videos may be taken at this event and these images may be used in promotional material by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). By attending, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on IES promotional materials. Please contact Gwen Leeming if you would prefer IES not to use your image for promotional materials.