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UNPRODUCTIVITY DEBATE

Escrito el 25 marzo 2009 por Jesus Guerro en General

According to annual Productive Report published by the consulting PROUDFOOT, unproductive workforce rose 2,2 points in 2007, to total 34,3%. Only two countries reduced their unproductivity, UK and Australia ,the latter having the less unproductive workforce with a 22,9%.
Managers around the world cited as the six main causes the following:


1.-Staff Shortages and Insufficient Labour Pool (27,4%)
2.-Internal Communication Problems (25,1%)
3.-Legislation and Regulation (21,9%)
4.-Low Employee Motivation (21,2%)
5.-High Staff Turnover rates (19,9%)
6.-Quality of Supervisors (19,6%)
In Spain, 39% of managers asked (the worst rate worldwide), cited Internal Communication Problems as the principal barrier, followed by Lack of Staff Motivation and Adaptation to changes (32%) and Staff Shortages (31%).
¿do not you think that the second reason is a direct consequence of the first one?
On the other hand, the employees shoot to the Quality of Supervisors, the Misalignment of Objectives with their tasks and third, the Inability of managers to implement changes.
So, it is clear that both collectives, managers and employees, agree in the Failure of Internal Communication and the Alignment of Objectives and Processes in the companies. Spain is only behind France, the country were workers find more difficulty in communicating both “bottom-up” and “top-bottom”.
I would like to know your opinion about why this happens and about which practises or attitudes should companies implement to erase these barriers.
It is also interesting to underline that 21% of Spanish managers (third rate worldwide behind Russia and USA) cite “Poor Staff Training” as the main cause of failure. ¿are these managers right in this point? Do we have a training problem in Spain?
Another point that is in fire these days is the debate of labour time related to productivity. Spain is the European country where people dedicate more time on their jobs with 1.812 hours/year. do you consider it could affect motivation or family conciliation? Will we be able to improve productivity adapting our timetables? Which would be the main constrains?

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