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1 May 2024 |

Purpose in business: empowering employees and enhancing productivity

Peer Works and Prosper are working with The University of Glasgow Digital Society and Economy IRT and The Productivity Institute Scottish Forum to build on the work of the Business Purpose Commission and explore the link between business purpose and productivity.


The research project will explore what purpose means for a range of employees, what would empower them to drive purpose and what skills they need. It will also identify what businesses need to do to support them, including changes in work organisation, job redesign, people management, worker voice practices within fair work principles.


The project will develop a framework for purpose and productivity. It will interview 70 employee and 22 business managers from small, medium and large businesses with various ownership models in a range of sectors. It will then undertake secondary analysis of 14 businesses who have adopted business purpose. This evidence-base will provide knowledge about empowering workers to drive purpose and provide recommendations for business and Scottish and UK Governments.


If you are interested in the learnings and findings from the research, email hello@peerworks.scot or visit https://www.productivity.ac.uk/research/projects/purpose-in-business-empowering-employees-and-enhancing-productivity/

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Eleonora Vanello is Peer Work’s Programme Manager