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BizReport : Trends & Ideas archives : December 16, 2016

Employees in UK wasting 20 days a year seeking out internal skills, resources

New research reveals that it is poor internal communication and zero awareness of colleagues' experience that is the main productivity killer among businesses in the UK.

by Helen Leggatt

According to the findings of a recent survey by ProFinda, which surveyed 4,000 employees across six B2B sectors in the UK, the average employee is wasting 20 working days a year seeking out internal skills and resources to support them on projects.

On average, employees spent around two hours looking for help per search, with 27% of employees eventually giving up leaving projects improperly resourced or incomplete. Of those who continue with their search for assistance, only 40% of respondents found the response adequate enough to progress the project.

When asked their preferred techniques for searching skilled assistance, phoning people they knew (71%), walking around the office to ask colleagues (60%), and internet / intranet searches (50%) were the top responses.

ProFinda's survey reflects findings of a recent Government that found the UK is falling behind its other G7 counterparts in terms of GDP output per hour worked.

According to Roger Gorman, founder and CEO at ProFinda, "by implementing solutions to better map out and connect internal skills, and making this data easily accessible, an organisation can, at last, see significant cost savings returns. By simply reconnecting lost knowledge, we will see a significant increase in effectiveness of team and workforce planning, and utilization."

Tags: UK, workplace trends

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