Perspectives on Productivity

Posted By Heather Stanley

27 July 2015 - 8:24am

A study of current employee productivity levels, by sector and country of work has recently been compiled by iOpener Institute for People and Performance with some interesting results.

Food Service, Retail and Healthcare emerge as the most productive sectors, whilst the most productive countries have surprising results with Mexico, South Africa and Columbia emerging as the leaders:

The Institute compiled the statistics using the following criteria – Time on Task, Time Happy, Time Engaged and Time Engergised, and the following results emerged:

Industry Sector

Time on Task

Time Happy

Time Engaged

Time Energized

Food Service

66.2%

51.0%

56.6%

48.5%

Retail

64.3%

42.1%

51.4%

41.9%

Healthcare / Medical

64.1%

46.7%

55.0%

43.9%

Education

63.0%

46.2%

56.4%

44.9%

Consulting

62.4%

49.2%

56.8%

47.5%

And at the other end of the table

Industry Sector

Time on Task

Time Happy

Time Engaged

Time Energized

Pharmaceutical / Chemical

56.6%

38.9%

47.8%

37.3%

Internet

55.7%

38.5%

46.0%

37.0%

Utilities

55.3%

37.3%

45.4%

35.3%

Real Estate

54.8%

40.3%

47.5%

36.4%

Biotechnology

53.2%

39.0%

41.8%

32.7%

The Country Comparisons show real leaders in Latin America and Northern Europe

Country of Work

Productivity

(Time on Task)

Mexico

73.2%

South Africa

66.2%

Colombia

66.2%

Denmark

65.6%

Netherlands

65.0%

The UK is listed as the 14th most productive country out of 37 with a productivity rate of 57.6%

And at the bottom of the table

Country of Work

Productivity

(Time on Task)

Germany

46.8%

Argentina

46.3%

Japan

44.7%

Czech Republic

44.5%

Portugal

43.3%

There are wide disparities in the productivity levels currently being achieved by different sectors and different countries of work around the world. The extremities of difference are largely influenced by major economic or socio-political factors. However, within each sector or country context, happiness, well-being and motivation have been shown to have a marked effect on employee performance and productivity.

To read the full report please visit http://www.iopenerinstitute.com/media/98927/productivity_report_final.pdf

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