February 8, 2018
European governments and organisations have been puzzling over productivity for years, as economic outputs vs. inputs have failed to keep up with the rest of the world. Productivity growth across the Euro area currently sits at less than 0.5%, down from 2% in 1995, and significantly behind the and other advanced economies.
People are at the heart of the productivity puzzle, which is why, as part of The Workforce View 2018, we asked European employees how they feel about their own productivity in the workplace. The findings show that many employees are struggling, with a fifth saying they only reach maximum productivity ‘some of the time’ and one in ten ‘rarely or never’ able to be at their most productive.
But perhaps the most revealing findings relate to the reasons behind these productivity issues,, inefficient systems and,, the influence of social media and smartphones is named by only a small number of respondents.