UK losing £15bn through 'disengaged' employees

UK losing £15bn through 'disengaged' employees

UK businesses are losing billions of pounds each year due to underperforming ‘disengaged’ employees, according to a survey.

Research by the Centre for Mental Health found that presenteeism is costing the UK £15billion a year with staff members who are present at work physically, but lacking in any productivity.

Respondents blamed poor working conditions and open-plan offices which led to endless distractions and disruptions as well as a lack of privacy for their feelings of disengagement.

An IPSOS survey commissioned by Steelcase also appears to confirm  the findings  saying that the lack of privacy and constant unwanted distractions were workers biggest bugbear.  

Bostjan Ljubic, Vice President of Steelcase UK and Ireland said: “This research shows that although there are positives to working in an open plan office, including the ease of communicating with colleagues and collaboration, it also shows that workers need privacy to fulfil more demanding tasks.

“By catering for different work styles in the office, and providing employees with a choice of space, UK businesses can ensure that workers are supported, reducing the impact of distraction on workers’ wellbeing and productivity.”

Image courtesy of Flickr user eggmergency

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