Hey Managers, your employees aren’t machines! A little social encouragement might just increase productivity…

Here are some concepts from chapter 3 of Scott and Davis’ Organizations and Organizing.  Running your organization as a natural system can build social cohesion among participants and encourage everyone to work for the good of the company.

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More employee satisfaction

I decided to look more into my post on employee satisfaction and productivity.  I commented on one of Tania’s posts regarding employee satisfaction and their environment.  In the same vein, I also commented on another blog on wordpress (hinda incentive) which had a post about coffee and employee productivity.  They were both very interesting viewpoints regarding employee productivity and  environment.

Whole Foods Health Incentives

I wrote a couple weeks ago about John Mackey, CEO of Whole Food Markets, instituting extra store discounts to healthier employees.  In an attempt to connect others with this topic, I investigated the related posts in WordPress.  I commented on this post, as well as on this post from our own BlOrg Theory.

Most related posts seem to give similar overviews of the incentive program.  Through my related readings, I have come to see past most criticisms of the program, as WFM has also been spending thousands of dollars to send obese and diabetic employees to special doctors for treatments and consultations. Other organizations encourage good health in more discriminatory ways.

Employee Satisfaction vs. Productivity

I think I have to agree on some levels with the claims made by Scott and Davis that there is little evidence to support the theory that employee satisfaction leads to higher productivity.  I believe that while employee satisfaction is necessary for employee’s mental health and their duration in any one job, employee satisfaction will not lead to higher productivity. Continue reading

Evaluation of “The Workplace”

“The Workplace” argues that “the way an office is set up has a direct correlation to employee moral, productivity, and job satisfaction”. In the blog, the writer effectively points out several studies that prove this very point. These studies show that employees would be willing to work an hour more per day if they enjoyed their work environment and that only 38% of workers would want to show important customers their place of work. A study by the Buffalo Organization for Social and Technological Innovation showed that companies where employees worked in cubicles performed far less than companies with a more informal office set-up.

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The Importance of the Work Place

The work environment in an organization is an essential contributor to employee morale, productivity, and overall job satisfaction. I found this blog particularly interesting because it focuses on office set up which is an aspect of the work environment that is often neglected by employers. According to previous studies conducted by Gensler, a leading design firm, 90% of individuals commented that their “office space affected their attitudes about work and that a different setup could make their companies more competitive.” However, even after such studies have been published, a vast majority of employers continue to pay little or no attention to the satisfaction of their greatest asset, their employees. This article does much to promote awareness for employees and the important role which the workplace plays on the productivity of the institution. Continue reading