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We Have a A Predicament: Productivity Is At An All-Time Low — And It’s Because We’re Failing Employees In 2 Ways.

August 24, 2023

If Sherlock Holmes were to take on the case of the mysteriously dwindling productivity, he would have a complex enigma on his hands. According to a recent report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), worker output in the U.S. has seen its worst drop since 1947, with labor productivity growth at a historically low rate of 1.1% from 2019 to 2023.

This phenomenon isn’t localized to the U.S. The U.K. and Canada have seen the weakest annual growth since 2013, and Australia has witnessed its “biggest fall in labor productivity on record.” This global productivity predicament has instigated a plethora of theories, and the one that looks most likely is that top-down, forced return-to-office policies that undermine trust and autonomy are making workers less productive.

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