A new report has revealed that management and leadership practices in the UK are leading to a lack of productivity in the country’s workforce.
A consortium of researchers, led by the Institute for Employment Studies and SQW economic development consultancy found that ‘mid-level’ management in the UK lags behind the US, Germany, Sweden, Canada and Japan.
While the very best UK organisations are on par with other country’s top performers, as a country we have fewer organisations with good management practices. It is suggested by the report that companies must benchmark their own practices while networking with other higher performing businesses to improve.
Penny Tamkin, director of employer research and consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies said: “When we looked at the evidence, the striking issue was how can organisations improve if they don’t realise that their manages and leaders are under-performing?
“We would recommend that organisations take a good look at their own practices and how they compare when it comes to the nitty gritty of managing people and processes.”
By simply appraising processes, businesses can improve productivity by assuring their methods are optimised.
Dr Pietro Micheli, associate professor of Organisation Performance at Warwick Business School said: “As all organisations engaged in quality management and ‘lean’ implementations know, the elimination of ‘waste’ in the form of over processing, re-work and unnecessary inventory, for example, can help reduce inputs while increasing outputs – and enhance quality too.”