Review of Britain at Work report 2016

A recent Britain at Work study conducted by Lansons and Opinium, revealed some interesting statistics. Overall, employees are satisfied with their jobs and have a positive attitude about work relationships between senior management and leaders. However, retaining valued staff is proving a challenge to the employer. It’s less about having a state-of-the-art working environment and more about staff wanting to feel they are part of the company’s future growth, that they share the same values and are working towards to the same goals.

Some of the key highlights;

1. Job satisfaction levels are up

A rise from 54% last year to 61% in 2016. More people feel proud of their workplace and job security remains fairly strong. Overall, a much happier workforce than a year ago

2. UK lacks in productivity

Productivity in the UK now lags further behind other leading western economies than at any other time since the 1990s.

3. Organisational change remains a constant

76% of employees who responded have been through at least one significant change in the last two years. Many feel that they are not sufficiently supported through what can be a very difficult time. Whilst many studies show that employees feel stressed at work, research shows that not all employers provide benefits designed to address that concern.

4. Employers ‘could do better’

Although the overall picture is positive, it would be said that employers ‘could do better’. Staff who feel disoriented with change, poorly led and managed as well as stressed are hardly likely to increase their productivity.

Workplace changes are always going to happen but by equipping managers and senior leaders with the right skills to manage their teams, provide a more supportive and communicative atmosphere can only lead to a more productive and engaged workforce.

To read the full report, go to lansons.com/Britain-at-work-event/


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