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Listening to employees' ideas could solve UK's productivity slowdown

Felstead, Alan 2018. Listening to employees' ideas could solve UK's productivity slowdown. The Conversation 2018 (19 Jul)

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Abstract

Whether we work or not, the nation’s productivity – that is, the total amount of output produced per unit of input – affects us all. It is the main determinant of living standards. Higher productivity makes employers more competitive, provides the foundation for wage increases, and increases government tax revenues, so everyone stands to benefit. The reverse is also true, however, with low productivity likened by Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, to a “self-inflicted wound”. To see how the UK’s productivity currently stands, we have recently completed a national skills and employment survey. This study (conducted every five years) collects data on what people do, how they work, and the skills they use. We spoke to 3,300 employees from across the UK, aged 20 to 65, who work in a range of sectors, to find out what they think of their working conditions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
ISSN: 2201-5639
Funders: ESRC, Department for Education, Cardiff University and Welsh Government, ESRC, Department for Education, Cardiff University and Welsh Government
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 11:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/113353

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