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Employees identify their biggest blocks to productivity: part 1

Having unnecessary rules came top of a list of reasons for poor productivity in a study released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook report, prepared in partnership with Halogen Software, points the finger at a lack of adequate resources to do the job (28%) and petty office politics (24%) for damaging productivity.

With regards to what would help boost productivity – interesting work came top of the list, followed by allowing employees to use their own initiative and giving workers the relevant resources they need to get the job done.

“Productivity at work has been a real focus this year for employers and policy-makers, but it’s easy to forget that the most important perspective on the productivity debate is that of employees themselves. This survey gives us unique insight into what workers feel affects how well they work, and the answer is much simpler than many would probably assume,” said Claire McCartney, research adviser at the CIPD.