More attention needed on employee involvement to fix Britain's productivity problem

Professor Stephen Wood contributes to significant report on Employee Involvement and Productivity
More attention needed on employee involvement to fix Britain's productivity problem

Professor Stephen Wood

report entitled Involvement and Productivity – The missing piece of the puzzle?’ released this week by the Involvement and Participation Association (IPA) argues that effective employee involvement at work is essential to boosting productivity in the UK.

Professor Stephen Wood of the School of Management and Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures has contributed a chapter to the report which argues precisely what its title suggests, as he says in explaining and addressing the ‘unprecedented’ stall in productivity: “insufficient attention is paid to the human factor”.

His argument is based on evidence on employee involvement from the Workplace Employment Relations Study, examining both role involvement management– often called job or task enrichment – and organisational-involvement management which refers to participation in wider decision-making. He finds that there these two types of involvement management are not correlated, and employers often practice one but not the other.

Read the full article on the University of Leicester blog here.

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