Unnecessary rules, inadequate resources and office politics top the reasons for poor employee productivity

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In a new CIPD study, employees blamed needless rules for hindering their productivity (Source: Getty)

Fussy managers may be responsible for slowdowns in the workplace, as having unnecessary rules came top of a list of reasons for poor productivity in a study released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The CIPD’s latest Employee Outlook Survey, which was prepared in partnership with Halogen Software, also points the finger at a lack of adequate resources to do the job and petty office politics for damaging productivity.

As for what would boost productivity, interesting work came top of the list, followed by allowing employees to use their own initiative and giving workers the resources they need to get the job done.

“Productivity at work has been a real focus this year for employers and policy-makers, but it’s easy to forget that the most important perspective on the productivity debate is that of employees themselves,” said Claire McCartney, research adviser at the CIPD. “This survey gives us unique insight into what workers feel affects how well they work, and the answer is much simpler than many would probably assume.”

According to the report, here’s what the UK employees surveyed identified as their biggest blocks to productivity:

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