‘Transformational change’ may be the latest buzz phrase but it has long been proven that past achievements in no way guarantee future success. To remain competitive, businesses must adapt and seamlessly deliver change, improving commercial outcomes and driving productivity. Key to this is understanding the changing drivers and motivators that are influencing your workforce and, according to a report commissioned by our parent company. “Overcoming the UK’s Productivity Challenge”, we might also need to look back as far as 1916!
This was the year that the decision was taken to change the clocks in the UK twice a year, going forward by an hour in the spring and backward by an hour in the autumn – something we all take for granted today. So as part of our survey we included questions about British Summer Time (BST) to understand if the seasonal clock change can have an effect on people’s productivity at work. A staggering half of all those surveyed said it affected their performance at work with some respondents feeling the effect of the change for more than two weeks!
This is a view supported by the EU Commission which stated “the effect [of BST] on the human biorhythm may be more severe than previously thought” and earlier this year, backed a proposal to stop the obligatory one-hour clock change which extends daylight hours in summer EU-wide. However, this is just the first step of many in the process towards making this legislation and it is also unclear how Brexit will affect the UK’s position.
So, whilst companies are right to respond to the continual shift of change that we see in today’s society it is also important to consider the impact of historical events such as the clock change. Whatever the drivers, change is essential for businesses to grow, evolve and thrive and they must ensure that the impact of any change on the workforce is not forgotten about or poorly managed. Many organisations invest time and money into new workplace strategies without a clear plan on the management and transition of the process. The lack of change management can lead to a lack of buy-in and adoption by employees, presenting further productivity challenges.
At Mobias we specialise in working with organisations to help them to implement change effectively with minimal disruption.
To download “Morning Larks vs Night Owls: Overcoming the UK’s Productivity Challenge”, click HERE