The Ultimate Workplace Productivity Tool

Anyone here ever heard of Alexander Kjerulf?  If not, you’ll want to.  He’s made a business out of helping people be happy at work.  Here’s Alex’s workplace productivity theory (click here to read the full article):

Happiness & Productivity TheoryNow, I don’t believe for a minute that a worker with inadequate productivity skills, but who is very happy, will get more done than a skilled, moderately happy worker.  Unhappy is another story: even highly skilled employees who are unhappy/dissatisfied, angry or depressed will likely not be highly productive.

So the big question is not whether or not happiness counts towards productivity, but how to bring about more happiness at work, and thereby increase productivity:

Minimize paper clutter by going digital. No business is too small to merit the convenience, financial savings and legal safeguards of digital document management.  Going “paperless” with the proper software, makes the “lost” and “misfiled” into words of the past.   Space, time, energy, environment and money are all to be gained.

“Cool-ify” the office environment. More and more business are providing lounge areas with snacks, flat-screen tv’s and Wii games for their hard working employees.  Casual socializing can be great for morale, when we’re not constantly sacrificing non-work time with their families and hobbies (builds resentment).   On-site goodies make that possible.

Give employees enough space, but not too much. Ideally, if you’re cramped, you can rent more space.  Otherwise, one way to do so is to allow occasional off-site work.  Paradoxically, too much space can be just as bad, since it creates an energy void in the office.

I could write a book about this, but I don’t have to, since Alexander already did.  It’s called “Happy Hour is 9-5″, and you can read it for free here.

Have a happy and productive day!

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One Response to “The Ultimate Workplace Productivity Tool”

  1. Lissa Holgate said:

    Mar 30, 10 at 21:35

    There are so many strategies to facilitate happiness at work. Just one is for managers to actually get to know their staff. What are their goals, values, hopes, dreams, family situations, hobbies and interests? What do they value/want out of work? I know when someone takes an active and real interest in me I feel valued and validated – this certainly adds to my happiness.

    There are many more strategies…


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