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The latest study of UK productivity has found that most workers admit to wasting at least an hour a day.

Capita Workforce Management Solutions surveyed 250 managers and 250 workers across industries including retail, logistics and construction. Researchers found that only 32% of managers say their business is very productive and 71% don't measure employee productivity at all.

The report found a significant disconnect between the views of workers and managers.

Two-thirds of all employees say they waste at least an hour a day at work; more than three-quarters of

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A global study from Walking the Talk, titled Managing Behaviours in the Workplace, surveyed 745 people including 189 leaders, and found that only 34% of those in leadership roles believe they are able to influence or alter the behaviour of employees.

This is despite the fact that 78% of leaders thought their organisation had adequately equipped them with the skills needed to have a positive influence on others. And despite 86% feeling confident in creating the right atmosphere to allow workers to behave appropriately. The research suggested this contradiction is due to leaders being more comfortable operating at a macro level – for example putting in place frameworks and policies – rather than dealing with the more human element of individuals’ behaviour.

When it came to who should be held responsible for employee behaviour, 76% thought leaders should always be aware of what their employees are doing, and 69% agreed that leaders should be held accountable for the behaviour of people working for them.Walking the Talk - Managing Behaviours Report

When asked at what point leaders become responsible for employee behaviour, 19% said they should always be accountable no matter what the situation. One in five (21%) thought it should start when a group of employees have behaved poorly at least once before, and 27% saw the responsibility starting when employees have behaved badly on more than one occasion.

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The quarterly Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Labour Market Outlook, produced in partnership with The Adecco Group, highlights employers' recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions. Key findings:

- Just over half of surveyed employers that have vacancies report they are having difficulty filling them.

- Wage growth is projected to remain very subdued in the year ahead. Median basic pay expectations have fallen to 1% compared with 1.5% three months ago, which represents a three-and-a-half-year low.

- As the most recent official labour data shows, real wages actually fell for the first time in February since 2014 because of sharp slowing in earnings growth and rising inflation in recent months.

The survey is based on responses from 1,060 employers.

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Latest research reveals that despite wellbeing strategies becoming more common practice in UK companies, the benefits are not yet reaching employees.

The UK Workplace Wellbeing Index: Employee Wellbeing in Review from Barnett Waddingham shows that 60% of companies report their employee wellbeing at moderate to very low. This is despite nearly three quarters of respondents claiming they have or are implementing a strategy in 2017.

Organisations need to ask themselves if they are providing the benefits and interventions that are most effective for their employees. The research shows that the top five widely offered benefits (rated by effectiveness) are flexible working or home working, career support, health assessments, line manager training and cancer screening. However, those most commonly utilised are flexible working, line manager training, career support, home working and occupational health.

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