Productivity

Best of HR books: February 2024

We delve into new book releases to find out what HR has been reading.

The solution to the UK's productivity problem is in HR's hands, Part 2

Raising productivity could dig the UK out of stagnation and sustainably raise wages. In the second part of our January/February 2024 cover story, Dominic Bernard finds out why a word employees...

The solution to the UK's productivity problem is in HR's hands, Part 1

Raising productivity could dig the UK out of stagnation and sustainably raise wages. Dominic Bernard finds out why a word employees associate more with job cuts than pay rises can be HR’s next proving...

More than #girlboss or shopping hacks: it's time to get productive

Productivity is in every area of our lives. From #girlboss life hacks on Instagram and TikTok to asking our smart home devices to add milk to the shopping list, the end-goal remains the same. How can...

HR viewed as the least productive department by employees

UK employees perceive HR teams as being less productive, compared with other colleagues and departments in their organisations, according to research by HR software provider Ciphr.

Long meetings impacting worker productivity

Over half (55%) of UK office workers said they waste too much time in meetings, while 81% are confident that shorter meetings would achieve the same outcomes.

Could psychological safety solve the productivity crisis?

Psychological safety is the key to improved innovation, problem-solving and productivity, according to Brittany Schmaling, principal data analyst at HR software company Dayforce.

Hot topic: Can HR solve the UK's productivity problem?

Since the 2008/2009 recession, the increase in UK productivity has slowed. As one of the most important factors in determining living standards, productivity is a key focus within UK businesses.

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Slashing onerous admin is the answer to the UK's productivity problem

In a 2022 report by Gallup, UK employee engagement levels were found to be among the worst in Europe, with fewer than one in 10 workers feeling enthusiastic about their job.

HR sleep worse than most occupations, study finds

HR (34%) and retail (32%) professionals are least likely of all industries to say they have good sleep, a new study from Nuffield Health has found.

Sunak: pay rises must follow increase in productivity

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said pay rises should be “sustainable” and come only as rewards for productivity, following data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which showed a record pay...

HR struggles with efficiency as function evolves

Only 9% of HR leaders say their HR function is both highly efficient and highly aligned to their organisation’s needs, according to management consultancy Gartner.