Does Employee Happiness Drive Business Results?

Employee happiness used to be considered an important business goal. People thought that happy employees make organizations more successful.   Maybe they were wrong. The idea certainly has fallen out of favor in recent decades, and it has largely been replaced with a broader emphasis on “employee engagement.” Some people might even suggest that the pursuit of employee happiness isn’t worthwhile.   But before we give up on employee happiness, let’s see what the research evidence shows us.     Employee engagement The “employee engagement” movement considers a much wider range of factors than just happiness. This is a good […]

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How Leadership Style Impacts Motivation

How do you motivate employees? We tend address this question in the most general sense. What increases people’s motivation? What decreases motivation? In that case, you might want to think about effective management styles, rewards and incentives, or an employee recognition program.   But it’s not quite that simple. After all, there are different types of motivation. To find out how leaders motivate employees, we first need to know what really motivates leaders.     2 Basic Types of motivation Think about motivation in terms of where it is focused. Promotion motivation: A focus on goals and ambitions, achieving desirable […]

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Why Companies Need to Track Fairness

Employees care about getting what they want. But they care just as much about how decisions are made. People want to feel that they are treated fairly, regardless of the outcome. Psychologists call this “procedural justice.”   Procedural justice increases the effectiveness of managers, promotes engagement and satisfaction, and reduces employee burnout. And this all adds up to greater success for the entire organization.   Of course, having formal rules that promote fairness is important. But that’s just half the story. Research has shown that it’s just as important to keep track of what’s actually going on—especially how employees feel […]

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3 Types of Employee Recognition (with Very Different Results)

People want to be recognized for their work. It’s fairly obvious that employee recognition can contribute to motivation, productivity and engagement. But did you know that different forms of recognition can lead to very different results?   In this article, we break down employee recognition into 3 basic types, and the different effects each tends to have.     1. Achievement-based recognition When most people think of employee recognition, this is what they think of. Employees receive certain rewards if, or when, they achieve certain goals.   Achievement-based incentive programs can be useful, but often don’t produce the intended results. […]

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Sleep Reveals Your Personality

Sleep is important. It determines the times of day you can be most productive. Not only does quality sleep help you to rest and recover so you can show up energized for work, it can actually determine job satisfaction. You can even use sleep to recover lost memories that had previously been forgotten.   But did you know that patterns of sleep and wakefulness can reveal important aspects of your personality? A group of researchers recently analyzed data from more than 16,000 people to uncover the hidden links between personality and sleep.     Patterns of sleep and wakefulness Are […]

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