Ungated Post | 30 May 2018

The Economy of People

The UK and Ireland in 2018 are facing a critical productivity challenge. To unlock our full potential we need to develop a deep understanding of people and their ability to drive the economy through the way they work. Converting this understanding into optimal workplaces could boost GDP by £39.8Bn.

The research, carried out by Oxford Economics and written up by Ricoh, outlines the path towards building the optimal workplace. It explores the current effectiveness of workplace strategies and opportunities to create greater alignment between employee needs and executive decision-making. We found that emotional factors, namely culture, drive employee performance and are a catalyst for creative thinking. On the other end of the spectrum, technology proved to be critical to ensuring high output-per-hour, or productivity. The physical, which translates to the workspace and office setting, is the bridge between performance and productivity, thereby influencing both.

By understanding performance, productivity and the link between the two, we were able to forecast a potential 1.8% and 1.0% increase in UK and Ireland GDP, respectively. Together, these numbers translate to a €39.8 billion increase in GDP that the United Kingdom and Ireland could potentially realise through optimal workplaces.

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