Since the 2008 financial crash, the global workplace has been trying to recover from a steep dip in productivity. Companies have searched for new ways to reboot employee performance. There has been debates on how to define productivity, what influences productivity and the right measures. Workplace as a discipline has immersed itself in the discussion. Patchy progress has been made in the past decade to raise productivity inside organisations around the world. This is despite strong research focus on the subject and plenty of practical initiatives to effect change.

‘The Puzzle of Productivity’ report explores the parameters of the subject of workplace performance by presenting the results and implications of a short international research study, which examines key factors and attitudes around driving up performance in the global workplace. The study was undertaken with participants from organisations in the UK, USA, Australia, South America and UAE as well as via WORKTECH’s global network.

We have asked similar questions to many other research teams, but with one exception. We came into this with no preconceived ideas or any products to sell or membership to promote. Our goal is to take the feedback we have obtained and use it to shape a constructive ongoing discussion. It is the first step in what we hope will be a series of reports that form a chain. Each moving towards a practical recommendation for all organisations to take heed of.

The report’s official launch will be taking place at WORKTECH18 London, where Fourfront Group’s chairman, Aki Stamatis, will introduce the report and its findings before Jeremy Myerson hosts a panel discussion with the United Workplace partners. We believe the findings are different to what you might expect.

Taking part in the panel includes: Aki Stamatis; James Kemp, CEO and founder of Australian workspace fit out company Amicus; Victor Feingold, CEO of South American design and fit out business Contract Workplaces; Marcos Bish, Managing Director of UAE-based office fit out company Summertown; and Ted Heisler, vice president of USA-based office design consultancy Ware Malcomb.

Created for senior corporate workplace professionals, WORKTECH welcomes over 3,000 people each year to its global conferences, and is the forum for all those involved in the future of work and the workplace as well as real estate, technology and innovation. The event attracts some of the biggest and brightest names to debate, discuss and divulge the latest thinking on this topic.

Find out more about WORKTECH and register for a ticket here. If you want to find out more about the ‘The Puzzle of Productivity’ report then please get in touch.

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