Anatomy of a happy productive office

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A 2018 study by Mercer revealed that 33% of employees plan on leaving their jobs in the next year. A survey by Hayes found that out of 2,000 people, nearly half were actively looking for a new job, most citing poor corporate culture being the main motivator. Can you imagine the impact of losing a third or even half of your workforce would have on your business?  

Interestingly, it’ not all about money, even though 89% of bosses think that’s the case. Research by showed that less than 12% of employees leave because they want a higher salary.  In fact, another Hayes study showed that 71% said of employees even said they would take a lower-paying job if it were better for their career and offered more advancement.

So what are the takeaways? Engagement is key—engaged employees are 59% less likely to walk out the door. Employees, especially Millennials, want access to the best technology. Supplying top-notch computers, phones, and services like means you’ll retain more of your workforce. And company culture matters. A study by Robert Half shows that companies with a strong learning culture retained employees up to 50% more. 

The soft skills mean a lot to employees as well. Employees who feel valued stay far more than those who don’t. Bosses who show empathy retain employees at greatly higher rates than those who do not. Flexibility is considered a premium perk.  People want opportunities for work-life balance, work-from-home options, and choosing the hours they work.

To foster a happy and productive workplace, follow the golden rules. Treat people fairly and kindly. Respect them as adults, offering flexibility to attain work-life balance. And show employees a true career path with opportunities for learning and betterment. 

Find more hints to make your office atmosphere better in the infographic by FaxBurner: