Insurance · 10 May 2017

Low productivity levels blamed on negative working culture

Taylor review
The Taylor review is set to be published after the general election in June 2017
A culture of bad work? has developed in Britain, according to the man leading a government review into employment practices.

In an annual speech to the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), of which Matthew Taylor is chief executive, the economist warned a cog in the machine? working culture had negatively impacted Britain’s productivity levels.

Despite record levels of employment recently reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Taylor claimed persistent scandals of working conditions? undermined the high number of people in work.

New research published by the RSA found three-quarter of Britons thought the quality of jobs in the UK needed to be improved, and Taylor emphasised the wider effect of a poor working culture.

as we all know the UK has a productivity problem. This problem is complex and multifaceted but there is little doubt that one facet is bad work, Taylor told the audience.

Recent research suggested unhappy employees were 12 per cent less productive than those positive about their job.

despite the evidence that employee engagement contributes to higher productivity, overall levels of reported employee engagement are low in the UK by international standards, Taylor said, adding the number of low-skilled workers reporting no freedom in their role increased by 15 per cent in the last ten years.

A failure byemployers to invest in their workforce was highlighted by Taylor as a central reason for a negative working culture developing in Britain.

levels of investment in employee training and learning is less than half of that of our European competitors and have fallen even further in recent years, he said.


 
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