Policy Report

Investing in productivity: unlocking ambition

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Investing in productivity: unlocking ambition

Published September 2015

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Despite two years of solid economic growth, 21% of the organisations surveyed for our report are still stuck in ‘survival mode’ and aren’t making the necessary investments in equipment or people to boost their productivity. A further 29% are failing to get the right balance between investment in their workforce and investment in technology and equipment. The report warns that too many businesses are being held back by an ‘ambition ceiling’ which is preventing them from making the productivity gains needed to achieve business growth. 

The survey data was collected from 930 organisations by YouGov in June 2015 as part of the CIPD’s regular Labour Market Outlook (LMO) survey. 

Content of the report 

  • Foreword 
  • Summary of key findings 
  • Introduction 
  • 1 Recent investment and growth 
  • 2 Explaining variation in productivity between organisations 
  • 3 Expectations for the year ahead 
  • Conclusions 
  • Appendix 1: Details of multivariate modelling 
  • Appendix 2: Relative productivity in public and voluntary sector organisations 
  • References 
  • Endnotes 

This report updates and extends the analysis underpinning our earlier report published in summer 2015, Productivity: getting the best out of people, which showed clear links between a firm’s relative productivity and its product/service strategy, internal culture, training activity and people management practices. 

You may also be interested to read the CIPD’s submission to the House of Commons’ Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee inquiry on the Government’s Productivity Plan, and Investing in a productive future the CIPD’s response to HM Treasury’s request for suggestions for its annual Spending Review. 


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