Productivity, productivity, productivity — we hear so much about its importance and how employee productivity can improve every aspect of a company’s culture, performance and, eventually, its bottom line. Read any business article today, and it seems like every manager working today is trying to create a more productive team, every CEO striving for a more productive company. Some are even utilizing employee productivity tracking software in an effort to understand productivity. So, what can leaders in the workforce do to boost productivity?
The answer is quite simple: Create happier employees.
According to Forbes, employee happiness plays a critical role in employee productivity. Happiness, along with the quality of the tools and processes of our enterprises can have a jaw-dropping impact on productivity. Happy employees are more productive than unhappy ones — companies have seen productivity gains of 20% to 37% and stock price increases of 14% by raising employee happiness.
Even though employee productivity tracking and research evaluates real data from studies done with leading Fortune 100 companies, it can seem counter-intuitive. When you show employees that you value them, trust them, and care about their job satisfaction—does it really cause a company do better financially? Is it possible that employee happiness breeds motivation, contentment, and hard work that can benefit the enterprise? And if so, how exactly do we help our employees become happy?
While goodies like free yoga and healthy snacks are nice-to-haves, other factors such as top technology, home office on your own schedule, and the ability to bring your own device to work (BYOD) are the building blocks of another important aspect of workplace happiness—employee engagement.
Engagement can mean having a good relationship with fellow workers and can also point to the level of connection an employee has with the overall workflow of the organization. Boosting low employee engagement can be as simple as upping the connectedness a worker feels to his colleagues and the company at large. Feeling that their work contributes in a meaningful way to the success of the organization is also goes far in creating employee engagement.
For example, if a purchase order must be written, approved, implemented, and then the purchased item finally received, employees will be more engaged–and therefore happier and more productive–if they can see and understand this entire workflow. In essence, workers are more engaged when they see their role in the process.
Where is the machine press that I requested last month? Was the PO approved and was it ordered? Did it ship, and if so, where is it now? If the floor manager who needs the press can see and understand the many steps must take place before they see the new machine on the factory floor, then their engagement, happiness and productivity are all improved–with lasting benefits for the enterprise.
Improving employee engagement begins with each person in the workflow understanding what has been done prior to their input, what they need to do, and what will be done down the line. As they increase their understanding of the entire work process, their total engagement and sense of control is enhanced. And this builds happiness and improves productivity.
Sapho Employee Experience Portal not only helps to increase employee productivity and happiness, but it can also help companies to unclog bottlenecks and improve the overall flow of processes. Employee engagement, employee happiness, the company’s bottom line–all of these factors work together to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of today’s modern business enterprises.