Productivity Perspectives
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Productivity Perspectives

Edited by Philip McCann and Tim Vorley

Productivity Perspectives offers a timely and stimulating social science view on the productivity debate, drawing on the work of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network. The book examines the drivers and inhibitors of UK productivity growth in the light of international evidence, and the resulting dramatic slowdown and flatlining of productivity growth in the UK. The reasons for this so-called productivity puzzle are not well understood, and this book advances explanations and insights on these issues from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. It will be of value to all those interested in, and engaging with, the challenge of slowing productivity growth.
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Chapter 11: Contemporary work and employment and the productivity puzzle

Kirsty Newsome and Tim Vorley

Abstract

This chapter is concerned with exploring the relationship between contemporary work and employment and productivity. It aims to highlight the centrality of the workplace and employment relations for understanding the productivity puzzle. In doing so it explores four aspects of current workplace dynamics, notably: management practice and missing voice; the growth of non-standard work; the performance implications of insecure work; and finally, job quality and the future of work. It concludes by emphasising the importance of engaging with all stakeholders and interests in organisations to secure greater productivity outcomes.

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