UK’s productivity is falling behind Europe…
Businesses are keen to increase output per employee to help with the bottom line. It couldn’t be more important, since news that the UK’s productivity has dropped, which is bad news for the economy.
Germany, France and many other countries are outperforming the UK when it comes to productivity in the workplace, and while this is bad news, hopefully it will instil a little competition into the minds of business leaders. But when it comes to increasing productivity, are they looking in the right place?
I believe that flexible working is the best solution to the productivity problem. I’ll talk about my own experience, but you needn’t look far to see further proof – a report by Vodafone showed profits increase thanks to the practice, while Inc. reported stress increases without such practices, which in turn reduces profitability.
My flexible working takes its form in where I work. I live in South Lincolnshire but the company I work for, Fox Agency, is based in West Yorkshire. I spend half my time in the office, with a nice long commute filled with audiobooks, podcasts and TED Talks, and the other half working from home (or wherever I want to work from that day) which means I get to see my son while he is awake and help out more at home.