Most employees take the credit for being more productive

More than two-thirds (70%) of UK employees believe they are more productive than they were five years ago, but attribute this to their own efforts not their managers’, new research reveals.

A report by the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) surveyed 1,200 employees and found that workers think UK managers aren’t delivering.

Asked what they thought managers should focus on in the future, two-thirds of respondents said they should concentrate on developing their teams, while only 16% actually thought this would happen in practice.

The report revealed that 51% of employees are more productive because they are working longer hours, and employees in large organisations are 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, flexible working – but the less organisations appear to be delivering.”

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

And, although three-quarters of employees surveyed have a laptop or computer outside of work, only 40% of them said that their employer covered the costs of remote working.

More than a third of employees also said that they work much harder than their parents did.

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