People, strategy and performance: results from the second Work and Enterprise Business Survey

People, strategy and performance: results from the second Work and Enterprise Business Survey
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Great Britain. Dept. of Trade and Industry. Employment Market Analysis and Research. The Work Foundation
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1 September 2005
Employment Relations Research
People management: all aspects of managing people, Management & leadership: including strategy, public sector management, operations and production
Business and management
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This report presents the findings of a telephone survey of nearly 3,000 UK businesses, indicating that the key to businesses achieving higher levels of productivity and performance is to develop complementary strategies across several performance practices or drivers. High-performance work practices have more impact when implemented in bundles rather than in isolation. Further, effective people management is key to higher levels of productivity and performance. People management has a significant, positive impact on 6 of the 12 individual performance outcomes discussed in the report; nowhere does better people management have a negative impact on the performance outcomes.

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