Category Archive: 11. Motivation

Nov 20

A. Employee engagement drives productivity?

Employee engagement is nowadays seen as essential if an organisation is to perform well Gallup report that business units in the top quartile of employee engagement outperform bottom units with 17% higher productivity, 20% higher sales and 21% higher profitability – all big performance differences MGI – McKinsey Global Institute – report that productivity increases by …

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Oct 16

A. LSE finds depression costs billions

A study by the LSE – London School of Economics – found that depression costs South Africa a massive R232 billion a year – equivalent to around 6% of its GDP This is due to lost productivity caused by absence from work or attending work whilst ill Dr Sebolelo Seape of the Psychiatry Management Group claims …

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Sep 17

B. Core human needs at work

Much has already been said about hierarchies of human needs which need to be met if workers are to be motivated However, a recent study of 12,000 white collar workers by Tony Schwartz, CEO of ‘The Energy Project’ and Professor Christine Porath of Georgetown University is well worth noting They claim that employees have four …

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Sep 03

C. Remote working

A Northern Ireland finance firm, AKFP Group, closed its HQ for a full month in July for a ‘remote working initiative’ They found it boosted both staff morale and productivity Staff were allowed to work from locations of their choice – the result was ‘they reaped the benefits of being able to change venues, eradicate …

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Sep 02

B. Up wages to up demand to up productivity

Some say low productivity growth results in low GDP and wages growth – and productivity growth depends on new labour-saving inventions or new managemet practices that come along which allow companies to produce more output with fewer hours of work But others question this – does low productivity cause low wages and growth, or vice versa? …

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Aug 08

C. Happiness at work

Undoubtedly, productivity growth has made a huge difference to the quality of lives of billions of people, first by reducing work negatives – tasks that are dull, dirty, dangerous or difficult – and then increasing work positives by adding many more jobs which are interesting and fulfilling whilst also enhancing social lives with greatly improved …

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Jul 17

C. Opioids knock productivity

Janet Yellen, Chair of the US Federal Reserve, considers President Donald Trump’s  growth target of 3% per annum over the next five years to be “quite challenging” At present, the rate slumbers at a mere 0.5%, having been around 2% over the past decade She holds that a major factor holding down productivity growth is …

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Jun 29

B. Hi/ Lo productivity for Hi/ Lo wages

It’s a nation’s mix of sectors that largely determines its overall productivity and prosperity levels And some sectors are much more productive than others For example, the UK has some highly productive sectors such as manufacturing which are continually improving their (labour) productivity levels by investing in latest technology such as robotics, automation, IoTand AI …

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B. Productivity links to compensation

Some measured sense from James Sherk of the Heritage Organisation President John F. Kennedy believed that “a rising tide lifts all boats” but many question if that remains true today – they point to data showing that productivity has risen sharply since the 1970s whilst wages have stagnated – they conclude that productivity-driven economic growth …

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