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The Journal: Productivity

Insight and commentary based on 28 years experience in the gritty reality of doing.

The UK's recovery: improving productivity

18 Mar 2020

Posted In Productivity, Manufacturing

2019 was a difficult year for UK productivity as negative results in the first half of the year were succeeded by two very slow, if marginally positive, quarters1. In light of the economic disruption..
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If happy employees are productive employees, how do you make them happy?

03 Mar 2020

Posted In Engage & Improve, Productivity

(Alternative Title: why you should stop chasing employee happiness and strive for employee engagement) A number of recent (and not so recent) LinkedIn posts, news articles and research papers posit..
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Future Trends: Robotic Process Automation and the ERP

27 Feb 2020

Posted In Productivity, Customer Service, Contact Centres, Supply Chain, Manufacturing

  The invisible robot army that will drive forward business productivity One of the new tools of the future, in this age of Industry 4.0, will be Robotic Process Automation (RPA), and it has the..
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A diagnosis for the UK Productivity Puzzle?

26 Feb 2020

Posted In Productivity, Manufacturing

Finding ways to stay competitive and to raise productivity in a volatile and increasingly complex world remains a key challenge for many British manufacturing companies. That’s why Roland Berger and..
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The importance of digital to future prosperity

19 Feb 2020

Posted In Engage & Improve, Productivity

An interview with Unipart Chairman and CEO John Neill was published in Financial Director magazine this week:
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A new joint venture offers virtual digital workforce

06 Nov 2018

Posted In Engage & Improve, Productivity

Unipart Group and Voyager Solutions are to work together to provide transformation services for back-office processing, client service administration and operational reporting using software robots..
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Productivity is the Achilles’ heel of...

07 Dec 2016

Posted In Productivity

What can we do to raise productivity?  Figures from the Office for National Statistics demonstrate an increase in UK manufacturing output for the second quarter of 2016, however, UK productivity..
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Why are UK workers so unproductive?

30 Aug 2016

Posted In Productivity

Could it be down to rising wage inequality? Sandra Polaski, the former US secretary of state’s special representative for international labour affairs believes it is. It's widely reported that UK..
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Productivity Drivers: Technology? Skills? Individuals?

22 Jul 2016

Posted In Productivity

One of the most common assumptions made about productivity is that it is to do with process technology. It stands to reason that a worker with an expensive machine can crank out more stuff than one..
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Productivity Measures: Deeply Flawed?

23 Jun 2016

Posted In Productivity

The underlying data is incomplete and noisy. The models which underpin the rules, and the assumptions which underpin the models, are deeply flawed, and understood in detail by very few people indeed.
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