Hit Your Numbers: Happy Employees = Results

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This is a guest post by Faeeza Masood.

Research shows that happier workers are more productive, and more productive workers are better at hitting their numbers. According to Teresa Amabile’s research, workers are most motivated and productive when they can see progress toward their goals. Through an analysis of 12,000 diary entries, the common thread to happiness among 76 percent of participants was progress, even incremental, towards an end goal. This research is critically important in that it makes clear that the secret towards obtaining your calculated figures lies in motivating your employees to continue toward their goal. Read on below for tips and tricks to motivate your employees and drive productivity.

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Daimler Introduces Auto-Delete Program for Emails Sent to Vacationing Workers

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A Germany-based company has made a very bold move in helping vacationing workers unplug from work. Most people struggle with the idea of completely unplugging from work, even while laying on a tropical beach in front of a beautiful view. Even when we are supposed to be relaxing, we are constantly thinking about what might be going on back at the office. Car and truck maker Daimler is hoping to help employees really get away from work while they are on vacation with an auto-delete email program.

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TED’s Mandatory Vacations Makes Downtime Part of Office Culture

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There are a few times in the year in which productivity dwindles. The holiday season is the most obvious, but many workplaces will shut its doors for the week. Summer months, specifically July and August, have a similar productivity decline. Perhaps most of us have yet to move on from our school days, in which our summers were spent riding bikes and playing sports until the sun went down. Whatever the reason may be, productivity dwindles during the summer and most employers don’t do much to encourage a little downtime during this period.

TED, on the other hand, is one of few that forces their employees to take a two-week summer vacation. Since the nonprofit has turned into a media giant in its own right, it requires that workers are always “on” to constantly update their website. So, employees will keep going unless they are forced to stop.

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Stress Expert Jan Bruce Talks Overworking vs. Hard Work [Interview]

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Many people, too many people, believe that working hard equates to working more, to longer hours, and a complete lack of a personal life. This doesn’t have to be the case — people can be ambitious while maintaining work-life alignment with the help of productivity tools and knowledge which allow people to get more done in smaller amounts of time.

Stress expert Jan Bruce, co-founder of meQuilibrium, says this is exactly what leads to overworked employees, which thus leads to higher levels of stress (which, in itself, comes with a long list of health issues). Bruce says there are two ways to overcome overworked employees — a change of policy from managers and an overall change in culture from leaders. She talks to us about balancing stress and how both employers and employees can change to combat burnout.

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