Solving the productivity puzzle: the role of employee wellbeing

Document type
Discussion paper
Author(s)
Pickles, Charlotte; Bowden, Richard
Publisher
Reform
Date of publication
9 February 2016
Subject(s)
Social Policy, Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This edited transcript reflects the discussion, led by the Rt Hon Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform, that took place at a Reform roundtable, held in partnership with Bupa UK, on 9 February 2016.

The Conservative government has made productivity a key priority, calling it the ‘challenge of our time’. The UK productivity rate is currently second lowest in the G7 and output per worker is almost 20 per cent lower than the G7 average.

In her introduction Charlotte Pickles, Deputy Director and Head of Research for Reform states: ‘Increased employee wellbeing and health can contribute to the productivity gains the Government seeks. It will require concerted action by employers and the State on prevention, early intervention and re-integration. The benefits to individuals, businesses, the Exchequer and wider economy of getting this right are potentially great.’

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