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How Business Can Help You Be More Productive

Published: Friday 10th July 2015

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Following the Budget, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) published its policy paper. The paper focuses on improving the country’s economy and how sustained productivity growth is critical to economic growth.

For years, a large and long-standing productivity gap has existed between the UK and other major advanced economies. Output per hour in the UK was 17% below the G7 average, 27% lower than France, 28% lower than Germany and 31% lower than the US in 2013. This gap has widened during the financial crisis. But even with the recent growth of employment in the UK, productivity hasn’t increased.  During yesterday’s Budget it was stressed that the government is committed to reforming the UK economy by making it more productive.

Productivity issues can arise at all levels within a company. What are some of the ways businesses could help you be more productive?

Have Access To The Right Facilities and Equipment

This is a good start for when you’re trying to hit your targets. When you have access to a printer that actually works, you can spend less time on the phone to IT and more time actually getting things done. Good equipment enhances efficiency and offices that are the right temperature provide pleasant workplaces.

Have Fewer Meetings

Meetings are important for making key business decisions, but it can be frustrating when you’re attending numerous meetings on the same topic and aren’t able to get on with your work. Any decisions made in meetings should be followed up on, so that they don’t become repetitive.

Provide Good Leadership

When you receive clear direction from the top down, this makes you feel more accountable for your role and responsibilities. And when you aren’t micro-managed, this means you can get on with your job without having to justify everything you do.

Provide Targets and Feedback

As part of good leadership, it can really help to be set clear goals and targets that you can focus on and receive feedback on. This way, you’ll be able to plan your time and set priorities. When you have more control over your workflow, you’ll feel less stressed and more productive.

Be offered career progression

Knowing the usual route for career progression within your company will help to make you feel more motivated and focused. When you’re encouraged to attend training and workshops to help get you to where you want to be within the company, this can be a great productivity booster.

Have Flexible Working Opportunities

Being given the option to work flexibly can really help to create a better work-life balance. When you’re given some control over when and how you work, you are likely to be more motivated to finish your tasks in time. 

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