Join us all this month on the Future of Business Collaboration as we explore ways to create a culture of gratitude within your organization, through work culture best practices, tips for being thankful and technology.
We’ve arrived in November, and, as usual, our thoughts turn to family, friends and being thankful. That concept of gratitude also has a place in the office. It’s a time of year to show thanks for our awesome teams, dependable coworkers, knowledgeable managers and hard-working employees.
Happier workers are simply more productive. That’s not a guess; that’s science. In a study conducted by the University of Warwick in 2014, happier workers were found to be 12% more productive.
As we explore the many facets of creating a culture of gratitude to create happier workers who truly feel appreciated, our thoughts inevitably return to technology’s role in the process. Trends like BYOD send a clear message that today’s workforce has technology preferences and is more than willing to assert them in the pursuit of productivity and happiness at work.
Here’s a look at a few technologies that are creating happier workers, something we can all be thankful for:
Music to Your Ears
Numerous studies have shown that music has positive benefits for workers, including improving concentration, productivity and overall happiness at work. Luckily, we live in an age of technology where music is more readily available than ever before in history.
Whether it’s your own music on your smartphone or tablet or you prefer to stream the latest and greatest, here are just a handful of the options available to employees to pop in the earbuds and jam out:
And that’s just a tiny fraction of the music resources available on the web today. Regardless of whether you want to rock out to your old favorites, discover new artists, melt into a productivity trance to instrumentals or ambient tunes or simply keep up with your favorite radio station, there’s a solution for you out there.
Flexible Work Through Collaboration
Flex work is increasingly being considered less of a perk and more of a must-have for workers around the world. The work-life balance improvements afforded by flexible and remote work options are immense, leading to reduced stress and happier, more productive employees.
However, flexible and remote work is only made possible through collaboration technology. Whether it’s jumping into an ad-hoc, real-time video meeting with your team, discussing document edits in a team workspace or reviewing presentations together on a shared screen, technology is the key to promoting a culture of collaboration regardless of where, when and how your employees choose to get their work done.
In its infancy, social media was viewed primarily as a distraction within the workplace, and many organizations banned the sites outright. However, once the business value of social media was made clear, many companies started relaxing those restrictions. And, in fact, it’s been shown that taking a brief social media break during the day can actually improve worker productivity, reduce stress and help them refocus after more difficult tasks. Studies conducted by groups such as Microsoft and the University of California, Irvine have all revealed that workers want to be social, benefit from social and will even circumvent IT to get social.
While there are obviously organizational policies to consider, the benefits of taking social media breaks during the day are clear: better collaboration, improved workplace communication and, ultimately, happier workers.
It’s clear that technology in the workplace isn’t just for getting work done. It also has a powerful role in creating happier, more productive workers, contributing to an overall workplace culture of gratitude and positivity.