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A Simple Idea to Increase Productivity

There are many articles about how to increase productivity.  Most managers read these articles and then try several.  After all, everyone wants to increase staff’s productivity, as well, as their own.  What works?  Is it a bonus, movie tickets, gym memberships, training opportunities or better equipment?  Maybe, but recently an interesting article about increasing work productivity came across my desk from a very unusual source – Elle Decor.

Color psychology is the study of hues as a determinant to behavior.  But have you thought of using color to increase productivity in the workplace? According to the article, color can impact employees to motivate, energize, enhance creativity and foster communication.  All you have to do is determine how you want to impact the staff and then pick the corresponding color.  Take a look a this article and maybe, just maybe, the color you pick will have a positive impact on your office setting.

Happy Employees = Healthy Profits

Happy employees can increase profit.  Many practice owners and managers assume that the key to productive staff is more money but that is only part of the story.  A study conducted at the University of Warwick [1] found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity, while unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.

The growing body of research around employee happiness and the link to profitability is persuasive.  It is simple – positive and happy staff are engaged, productive and committed to creating a positive environment.  Happy employees will result in less turnover, fewer patient complaints, increased productivity, lower error rates, better teamwork, and less stress which all lead to increased profits.

Creating a workplace filled with happy people isn’t all about salary increases.  In fact, a 2016 Gallup poll of more than 1 million employed U.S. workers concluded the number 1 reason people quit their jobs is a bad boss.  So, don’t start thinking that you can make people happy and more productive if you give them more money.

Instead here are 5 things you can easily do to change the happiness level in your employees and improve your bottom line.

  1. Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Broken promises will undermine trust.
  2. Provide consistent feedback. Use feedback as a teaching tool and deliver it objectively and fairly.
  3. Respect the skills that each employee brings to the practice. Ask them what is a better more efficient way for them to do their job and make sure you provide the best tools for them to accomplish what needs to be done.
  4. Share your dreams and goals for the practice. Your goals make their job safe.  People want to see the big picture and want to be involved.
  5. Positive feedback about a job well done, goals met or increased productivity will go a long way. Engaged employees are self-motivated to go above and beyond but they won’t do it day-after-day without some recognition.

[1] Oswald, A.J., Proto, E., and Sgroi, D. 2014: Happiness and Productivity. University of Warwick.

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