Employees take credit for productivity rise across UK

More than two-thirds of UK employees believe they are more productive than they were five years ago, but attribute this to their own efforts not those of their managers.

A survey of 1,200 employees, by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), found that workers think UK managers are not delivering the goods. Asked what they thought managers should focus on in the future, two-thirds of respondents said that they should concentrate on developing their teams, but only 16% thought this would happen in practice.

The report also found that 51% of employees were more productive because they worked longer hours, and employees in large organisations were twice as likely as those in small firms to be cynical about their managers.

Fiona Czerniawska, director of the MCA, said: “The more people give in terms of effort, the more they expect – not just in terms of money, but job satisfaction – but the less organisations appear to be delivering.”

The report also showed that flexible working was being driven by individuals rather than employers, with 93% of employees stating that the decision to work remotely was their choice and not the result of a change in corporate policy.

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