L&D is productivity key

Bosses of medium-sized UK businesses think learning and development is the best way to raise staff productivity.

Some 58% of bosses polled by management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for its 2006 Business Insight survey, said employee L&D will be the top priority when addressing employee productivity in the next year.

The next most popular options were performance management processes (41%) and gaining more employee commitment and loyalty (37%).

But PwC said it was unclear how respondents would match their lip service to L&D with action.

Less than one in 10 identified staff development, training and skills among their overall top three people-related priorities in the year ahead. Only 5% see training as a key HR responsibility, and around half believe their non-HR line managers do not spend enough time training their people, according to PwC.

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