From the Chairman Harry Downes

June 2003
Management Services;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p32
Academic Journal
In every budget since Labour came to power, the Chancellor has introduced measures to boost Britain's lagging productivity. Why is it then, that after all these measures, the average American worker is still 25 percent more productive than his or her British counterpart? European employees put in fewer hours but are more productive than their British counterparts, so quite simply, the productivity gap widens when measured per hour. As mentioned in the author's report last month, Prof. Porter suggested that Britain's poor record on 'innovation' suggests weakness in lower management levels and was 'coasting on past improvements.' A remedy is needed! (I wonder if the Treasury's productivity team are paid by results) ? Institute of Management Services members have a very important role to play in this improvement. If we can't influence the 'top' level, our members should concentrate on 'middle managers,' talk to them about the profession, and tell them about our productivity tool-kit.


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