Workplace Production

An increasing number of articles on workplace productivity have understandably centered on employee satisfaction. As this article points out, jobs are more transient than ever before, so consider just how easy it is for an unhappy employee to walk out the door to a new job. Think about the effort and money it took to get that employee up and running. The time wasted training them, signing them up for benefits, getting them integrated into the IT infrastructure and culture, etc.

Also, consider the effect an unhappy employee has on morale. Even if an unhappy employee behaves professionally and doesn’t make his or her dissatisfaction to known to peers, it may be evident in his or her job performance and demeanor. And once an unhappy employee leaves, (or possibly before), he or she has the ability to broadcast dissatisfaction to others, including via internet posts. A popular website,, boasts that current and former employee may post their opinions about their job, company, boss and colleagues anonymously. Furthermore, Glassdoor promises not to remove any negative posts at the behest of the organization in question. This can become a problem for poor-scoring organizations as many potential job candidates view company profiles and ratings before committing to an employment offer or even often an interview.

So why would employees be unhappy? The cause this article addresses is a lack of productivity, which affects motivation and the opportunity for advancement. Thankfully, employees aren’t that hard to please. Suggestions to improve productivity range from employee recognition to a relaxed environment to fair treatment of all employees.

In a highly productive environment, employee morale will rise—along with customer service, hard work and profit. Productive employees feel a sense of accomplishment that motivates them to do their best, fostering a great working environment.

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