Happy Workers Increase Productivity, Studies Show. Are You or Your Employees Happy at Work?

Happy Workers Increase Productivity, Studies Show. Are You or Your Employees Happy at Work?

According to a 2014 Time Magazine survey, less than half of American workers are unhappy in their jobs. In 2014, a Gallup poll reported 47% of American workers were unhappy in their jobs.

Job security, rated at 63%, was the number one reason for unhappy workers. Employee benefits were second, rated at 60%, followed by compensation at 57%. Conversely, companies engaging their employees’ knowledge and experience reported 86% of employees leave work happy, which translates to an increase in productivity of 19%.

Also reported was the fact that companies with a low turnover rate increased productivity by 20%.

Researchers use criteria to judge the productivity of workers, from emotional stability to work environment. They include:

• Job security
• Benefits
• Compensation
• Using skills and abilities
• Feeling safe at work
• Rapport with supervisor
• The nature of the work
• Work-life balance
• Corporate structure

A conclusion could be drawn that companies optimizing employees’ knowledge and experience would pay well to keep them.

It may also be deduced that offering benefits and perks would go far toward making the employees so secure that they increase productivity exponentially.

Oddly, a good work environment was not on the list.

If these criteria make happy workers on jobs, does it not follow that the criteria must be evident in a good work environment?

Safety in the workplace, for example, cannot exist without someone caring and acting to prevent mishaps and injuries.

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Also worthy of some thought is the fact that business cannot be conducted in a structure that is not visually attractive or that is unsafe for customers.

So a good work environment is understood, even if it wasn’t listed.

6 Effective Ways to Enhance Workplace Productivity

Even the color and the smell of your office make a big difference in workplace productivity. Here are 6 big drivers of workplace productivity

1. Appearances

Offices don’t necessarily look the same because the nature of the business demands different tools.

Let’s say an insurance office has cubicles in which are located computers, phones and files.

A research and development center might have the same cubicles, computers and phones, but they will also contain books, maps and equipment peculiar to the development performed.

A real estate office might not have cubicles but desks in an open area.

In all these scenarios, the offices will be carpeted, they will have artwork on the walls, they will have copy machines, fax machines and scanners. There will be the quiet hum of voices on phones or keyboards being tapped.

2. Comfort

If appearances don’t make a nice work environment, what does?

A comfortable work environment will be well-lit. It’s hard for workers to be productive when they can’t see what they’re doing.

The work environment will be warm in winter and cool in summer. Productivity suffers when workers are shivering with cold or passing out from high temperatures in summer.

The work environment will have adequate ventilation.

While no one smokes in offices anymore, access to fresh air clears the head when inhaled deeply. This gives the mind more impetus to work hard and be productive.

3. Social Media

Now we have delineated an attractive, safe and healthy work environment which fosters productivity.

What about the people staffing the office? What can employers do to make their employees even happier and more comfortable?

Related: How Does Office Design Affect Productivity?

The use of social media while at work is a bone of contention for many employers. The boss sees social media networking as wasting time meant for productivity.

However, studies show that workers engaging in social media networking on the job are happy. Embracing technology for research and development on any job will increase productivity and morale.

4. Be Positive

Positivity is another way to create a workplace conducive to productivity.

Positive relationships between staff, teams and managers foster productivity. A positive environment motivates workers to commit to the company.

They will then go above and beyond the call of duty to become more productive. Honoring their experience and knowledge, working with them to embrace leadership roles also fosters growth and productivity.

5. Outsourcing

Since outsourcing work has become the norm in business, there isn’t enough clutter in offices to bother workers.

However, organization is important to the smooth flow of business.

If workers must go to the storage unit to look through paper file boxes for files they need, then maybe putting the files on disk needs to be outsourced.

If the business is a small to medium enterprise, or SME, perhaps telecommuting from home would make some workers more productive.

Perhaps there isn’t room in the office for a large group of people. Some folks work much better from home because they are comfortable in their own surroundings.

If this helps to better organize the business with an eye to the smooth flow of work, then productivity will be increased.

6. Time

Productivity can sometimes be measured in terms of time.

For instance, if workers want to work four ten-hour days and have three days off, they often work harder just thinking about where they will go and how they will use their days off.

Perhaps arranging the schedule so workers will have more evening time with their families and friends would induce them to increase productivity. If workers teamed up to get the work done each day, they could have more time in the evenings.

However the workload is handled, time can often be used as a lure to increase productivity.

Some companies make the most of religious and civic holidays to convince their workers to be more productive.

Related: 5 No-Brainer Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Workplace

Casual Fridays, catered lunches for no reason, holiday meals in the break room at Thanksgiving or Christmas, celebrating workers’ birthdays with a nice lunch and a cake are often tools companies use to show workers they care.

A little treat every now and then provides a party atmosphere in the office. Anticipation of these events often makes workers more productive so they have time to enjoy the fruits of their labors, so to speak.

Inviting workers to parties given for clients, trade shows and other functions give workers a feeling they truly are a part of the business.

Productivity soars as a result of this simple inclusion of them as an integral part of the business.

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