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Liam Butler

VP EMEA

SumTotal

Top tips to keep

employees motivated

A recent survey found that more than 55% of

UK workers are unhappy at work. Chronic

unhappiness within a job role can lead to an

employee quitting or failing to perform.

According to research by the University of

Warwick, happy employees are around 12%

more productive, using their time more

effectively and increasing the pace they can

work without sacrificing quality.

A positive environment can lead to increased

productivity and employee engagement,

greater satisfaction amongst the workforce

and improved business ROI. There are a

number of methods that businesses can

employ to help boost happiness and

wellbeing. Below you can find three simple

areas that have a dramatic effect.

1. Flexible working

For many employers work/life balance

remains a difficult issue, despite attempts to

improve this situation for people. While the

primary intention is to provide some relief to

those who feel overworked and stressed,

addressing this imbalance gives employees

an opportunity to work when they are at their

most receptive and productive.

Few people are capable of continued

concentration over long periods and reports

suggest that shorter working days could

ultimately drive greater productivity.

By having a more flexible working culture, and

allowing workers to take themselves out of the

office, employers can see improvements to

efficiency and productivity. If employees are

working in environments that they perceive to

be more conducive to work, they are more

engaged, happier and output is likely to be

greater.

2. Learning and development

Today's workforce values greater flexibility,

recognition of achievement and better

opportunities for personal and professional

development, often over financial incentives.

Many organisations have come to realise that

almost 80% of employees will stay longer

(according to a survey by Mercer) if they can

see a career path within the company.

However, with the dissolution of traditional

career ladders, demonstrating this can be

challenging for employers.

By allowing employees to explore desired

roles, L&D initiatives can help them see where

the opportunities are and where they have

gaps in their experience.

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