LogiC (20 Jan, 2013) Reply
From what I've seen of actual research on productivity:
1) People are more productive if they feel a part of the team, even if that is only telling employees about inane things that will happen in the office (like changing the seating plan). The act of management engaging with staff is what helps.
2) People are only productive for about 6 or 7 hours of work a day, particularly more mental work. Making workers do longer shifts only means spreading that same work load out over a longer period, plus employees hate long shifts. Many big companies fail in this as if longer shifts magically make more work happen.
3) People are far more productive if they feel in charge. One day a week labelled "do what you want" day can lead to big productivity increases. As long as there is an expectation of work being done, but workers can choose what to work on, they tend to do those tasks with more motivation and ingenuity.
4) Some people actually like their jobs. You like watching shows, movies, looking up pictures or checking up facebook etc right? Some people actually like analysing rock samples or designing intricate circuitry or doing wood carving or calculating tax returns. Employers can fake this feeling by making the workplace enjoyable. Wasting less money on useless long shifts and using that money on stuff for the employees is a good start.
333 (22 Jan, 2013) Reply
1. Quit facebook.
2. Turn on some death metal music.
3. Start doing the project.
That's about it.
101101110101 (17 Sep, 2013) Reply
People are sheep and need guidance and perform best under limits, rules and monitoring.