(2006), "Measure for measure", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 55 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm.2006.07955aab.009Download as .RIS
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Measure for measure
According to HR practitioners surveyed by IRS Employment Review, published by LexisNexis Butterworths, employers measuring employee productivity use an average of three measures taken at several organisational layers. But just half measure productivity across the organisation. Key findings were:
Output per employee, labour cost per unit of output and time taken per task are the most frequently used definitions and measures of productivity.
UK employers’ preferred measure is labour cost per unit of output, which focuses on production costs. The government, however, prefers to compare UK productivity with that of our international competitors using a measure of output per hour worked. Here, the UK lags behind countries such as France, Germany and the USA.
Just half of employers that recognise trade unions involve them in productivity-raising initiatives.
Only one-third of respondents mention using consultants to help improve productivity or membership of “Investors in People”.