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Employees say make work interesting to boost productivity

Interesting work is valued by employees as the most important thing for productivity, according to research.

The CIPD's Employee Outlook Autumn 2015 asked nearly 2,000 employees what would help with productivity. Interesting work topped the list, with 40 per cent of employees singling it out.

Other factors included being able to use their initiative (39 per cent), having the resources needed to the do the job (31 per cent), and being given tasks that complement their skills (25 per cent).

Unnecessary rules and procedures (28 per cent), not having the resources needed to do the job (28 per cent), office politics (24 per cent), and uninteresting work (20 per cent) headed the list of things that employees thought prevented them from being as productive as they would like to be.

Building productivity

The findings tally with the Acas report Building Productivity in the UK, which identified seven 'levers' of productivity that employers could use to make their workplaces more productive.

The levers include the need to ensure work is well designed and makes most of people's skills, and to establish strong employee voice - enabling employees to stay informed, to contribute to innovation, and be involved in the decision-making process.

Improving employment relations in the workplace through better management and understanding, as well as reducing conflict, ensuring fairness and transparency, and improving trust, were also identified as important.

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Building Productivity in the UK offers Acas' insights, as well as specialist thinking from Acas' friends and partners, into making a difference in workplace effectiveness.

Acas experts are on hand to come to your workplace and work with you on all aspects of employment relations to create a happier, more satisfied, more productive and more engaged workforce. See Business solutions or call the customer services team on 0300 123 1150.

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