Category Archive: 11. Motivation

Jan 08

Hours and places of work?

Why is it we now work 9 til’ 5 for 5 days a week? Many years ago, people worked 7 days per week – then this fell to 6 days per week, but 12 hours per day It took Henry Ford, back in the 30s, to reduce the working week to 40 hours – 5 …

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Dec 28

Work hard, then play hard, for best results

Very very few can run at speed for long, like Mo Farah – we need to pause, rest and recover – only then can we rejoin the race and compete Nils Salzgeber (aka Hacker Noon), in a recent post, claims this is because ‘all organisms on this planet follow rhythms’ The most famous is the …

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Nov 20

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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Nov 18

Lifestyle changes are on the move

The UK’s CEBR – Centre for Economic and Business Research – claim an important change in preferences towards work is now on the move Many people are choosing jobs which offer less pay but more attractive lifestyles or ways to help others This change in attitude is already ‘a key element in around a third …

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Nov 06

More job satisfaction, more pay!

“Life is not fair – get used to it” – so said Bill Gates Many bosses might agree with him, if they were honest – they’re good examples after all As people climb ladders at work, so their job satisfaction also tends to rise – more status, responsibility and power – bigger decisions to make, …

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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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Oct 14

Avoid ‘ludicrous’ pay levels

Once upon a time, in the UK, in the 18/ 19th centuries, many capital (factory) owners minimised their workers’ pay in order to maximise their capital gains – they overdid it – worker resistance grew and Trade Unions were formed to argue for a fair deal for employees Years later, in the 20th century, the …

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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 02

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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