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Boosting productivity – this year’s challenge for business leaders

As a business leader, what will you do to make boosting productivity in your company with a one per cent improvement in 2017 happen?
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Taking the three practical steps from the working group and UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), will make a significant difference for boosting productivity.

Each is simple, clear and all are extremely doable.

(1) Know how good your business is

The UKCES is asking businesses to ask themselves: “how good is your business?”

By understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your organisation, you can start to see the areas in need of improvement, and that is the first step for taking action that succeeds.

(2) Know what good looks like

By leading discussion groups and working parties in specific business areas, UKCES is leading the way with the sharing of best practice and is encouraging thousands of businesses to take up the challenge and join the drive for better ways of boosting productivity.

By working together, British businesses have a real chance to learn from the successes (and failures) of others and make a real difference to the way the country is performing on the international stage.

(3) Have access to support to make improvements

By providing access to examples of best practice and cutting edge innovations, the productivity leadership group aims to give British business the support it needs.

UKCES wants to drive knowledge sharing and increase innovation to spur on improvements in productivity and help businesses help themselves and others.

Taking advantage of these tools and having extra funding, 2017 will be the year of boosting productivity. This will generate real value in both business and the wider economy.

Chris Roberts is practice director at leadership and business performance consultancy Accelerating Experience

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