February 12, 2016
Are you looking to make your work environment be more productive? Offering fringe benefits or implementing new processes aren’t always the best solutions. Some organizations have found that promoting positive practices among their workforce — such as treating others with respect, showing compassion when others are in need, and inspiring coworkers to find greater meaning in their work — has profound effects on employee performance and organizational effectiveness.
A study by the University of Michigan found that such practices actually surpassed other traditional efforts, such as employee perks, bonuses, and strategic planning, to improve workplace productivity.
The research focused on how organizations applied the following practices:
Kim Cameron, who led the study and published in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, cited three reasons why creating a culture of positivity works:
"When organizations institute positive, virtuous practices, they achieve significantly higher levels of organizational effectiveness--including financial performance, customer satisfaction, and productivity," noted Cameron in the study about the research team’s findings. "The more the virtuousness, the higher the performance in profitability, productivity, customer satisfaction, and employee engagement."
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