Top tips to keep
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
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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