According to this research and article, due to the uncertain economic climate employees are increasingly fearful of losing their jobs. Based on the Hays research it seems an increasing number of employees are opting to dress more formally during the work week, including on casual Fridays for fear or losing their jobs. It strikes me given this that employees don’t have much faith in how organisations measure employee productivity!
The idea of ‘been seen’ and ‘looking professional’ by the right people (your bosses etc) at work still pervades. Being seen is more important than productivity and output. Perhaps this is due to many organisations still unable or unwilling to put in place measures to actually understand and measure their employee’s productivity. Instead of focussing on output, many are still focussed on the old school way of tracking performance. While I can appreciate some professions are easier to measure than others in relation to output by each employee, such as sales – there are certainly more effective systems that can be incorporated for tracking output across all professions that are less superficial.
So it seems that if you are at work on time and work the set hours (often recorded via your security pass and/or computer login times), are seen by the right people and look professional your likelihood of staying employed are increased.
Share your views on the subject. Have you experienced this in your career? Do you think organisations need to be better equipped to measure employee productivity?