All hands on deck

Businesses and employers should do more to help close Britain’s productivity gap, says Guy Opperman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions.

‘All Hands on Deck’ outlines the progress made by government in boosting job creation – with 338,000 new full-time jobs created in the last year – but argues businesses can do more themselves to help boost employee productivity, which benefits the wider economy and the individual companies themselves. Opperman suggests following the example of US firms who found high employee engagement was reflected in at least a 20% boost to productivity and profitability compared to companies who did not engage staff. While accepting there is more that government have to do, Opperman argues business itself can boost productivity.

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