New research for Vodafone reveals that nearly a quarter (23%) of UK employees rate themselves as ‘unproductive’ at work, equating to seven million of the nation’s total workforce. At a time when improving the UK’s labour productivity is high on the agenda, the survey of more than 3,000 UK employees reveals there is an untapped opportunity for employers to help boost workforce productivity.

Perceived productivity slips even further amongst Generation Z employees. When asked to rate their productivity out of ten, with ten being the highest possible number, 28% of Generation Z employees gave themselves an ‘unproductive’ score between 0 and 6, compared to the national average of 23%.

The research highlights some of the steps businesses can take to increase productivity.

Boosting the digital toolkit

 To drive up productivity, UK businesses need to look at how they create a digital workplace. Nearly 2 in 5 (38%) employees agree that their ideal place of work would have the most up-to-date technology on the market. Those who do have the right technology to do their job effectively like their job more than those who don’t. Furthermore, more than half say the right technology helps them to be more productive. Currently however more than two fifths (42%) of employees say poor technology is stopping them being as productive as they would like to be.

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