Category Archive: 11. Motivation

Oct 16

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

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

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 01

Skills mismatches, training failures!

A report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims the number of ‘overeducated’ UK workers has increased by a third over the past decade – companies are failing to make use of their skills There is also a mismatch between employees’ training and what employers find useful And yet they say: “About a …

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Aug 08

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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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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