A Change in Dialogue
In 2018 EP launched a series of discussion forums entitled ‘Fuelling Producivity’ to raise the profile for how food today can play a pivotal role in some of the wider business and social issues that we face.
Our argument was that food service could no longer be viewed as a commodity but as an important service offer than can play an influential role.
As the year progressed there has been a steady change in dialogue and operators today do believe there is a need for disruption and one perhaps driven by a mix of social, business and trend influences.
There is a momentum beginning to develop
16th May 2019
EP is holding a Conference to discuss changes in the market and in November 2019 hosting an awards dinner for leading Scottish Independent Schools.
This is a new era when everyone wants to talk about great food, nutrition, wellbeing, service and great people. Food has become an universal language and reward. This allows for a rare opportunity to develop storylines that create a new narrative about the sector and is positive about the Industry.
2019 will not be an easy period and will be challenging. Food today plays a central role in everyday life and moreover, it can play a pivotal role in some of the bigger issues.
Productivity and Mental Health – The Core Arguments:
- The UK lags 15% behind the other G7 countries
- In State of the Global Workplace report only 11% of UK employees are engaged in their job, compared with 70% at the world’s most successful organisations
- UK productivity was 27, 30 and 35 percentage points lower than in France, the US and Germany respectively. (Office of National Stats)
- Economic Research Council – just 8% of UK employees are enthused about their work. A fall from 17% in 2012
- Lack of trust in leadership – 63% globally – UK is 1:5 – 1:7 in Institutions
- 1:4 suffer from a form of mental illness
- 1:10 suffer depression
- 1m more should be prescribed antidepressants
- Research shows that 40% of the average day is spent in meetings
- Average 150 emails per day = estimated 3 hours to answer
- Just 27 minute lunch break
- Average number of sick days per year – 5.7 days per year
- In schools, NHS Digital found in November 2018 that mental health difficulties have risen by over 25 per cent, equating to one in 8 young people aged 5-19 now experiencing problems – the equivalent of nearly four in every classroom.
Change is being created by….
A growing concern in productivity and service levels and concern on talent and mental health, retention, sick days and competitiveness.