Workplace productivity: The human factor
Past HR Network Event
14 December 2017
Duncan Brown, Head of HR Consultancy, IES
Productivity: What is it and why does it matter?
Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, IES
This workshop covered such topics as:
How different organisations measure and manage productivity.
Understanding the productivity 'levers' under your control.
Examples of workplace productivity improvement tools and their effectiveness.
Professor Stephen Bevan, Head of HR Research Development, Institute for Employment Studies
Dr Duncan Brown, Head of HR Consultancy, Institute for Employment Studies
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.