Vast majority of small businesses struggle with productivity levels
Only 14 per cent of small businesses claim that productivity levels are not an issue, leaving the majority struggling with inefficiencies.
This is according to research from Opus Energy, which also found that, as a result, many SMEs are investigating ways to help nurture and inspire employees.
Wellbeing measures, such as flexible working, were the most popular tactic for 40 per cent of respondents, alongside monetary rewards with 35 per cent of SMEs offering bonuses and perks and a further 30 per cent claiming to pay above average salaries. However, there was a significant pay difference between small and micro businesses only 20 per cent of micro businesses offered better pay, compared with 41 per cent of businesses with 50 or more employees.
In addition, 22 per cent of SME owners set up their business near other likeminded businesses, including 12 per cent of SMEs sharing office space to make the most of a culture of innovation and ideas generation.
NikkI Flanders, Opus Energy COO, commented: With a vast 86 per cent of SMEs saying they’re struggling with productivity leves, the gravity of the situation has meant that businesses are now changing their approach and putting their employees first.
Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Business Advice. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.