It is impossible for a company to make every employee happy. Research is constantly being performed so that companies can get a glimpse into what is really going on in the workplace. Having this important data gives employers the opportunity to make the workplace a more enjoyable place to be.
7 Interesting Statistics
We have gathered some interesting statistics to give you an insight into the realities of the workforce. These statistics are taken into consideration by employers so that they can make their companies better places to work. Having employees that are happy with their jobs and environment leads to a more productive workforce.
- Employees that are given the freedom to personalize their workspace are happier. Allowing them to customize the area and add personal touches gives them a sense the space is theirs and makes them feel more comfortable.
- If an employer forces an employee to multitask or assigns too many duties at once they are actually reducing productivity. Studies show that people that multitask are decreasing their IQs by 10 points. This decrease can be compared to the effects of a missed night of sleep.
- The United States is behind other industrialized nations when it comes to family-oriented policies. Paid maternity leave, breastfeeding support and paid sick days are fringe benefits that many companies do not offer.
- Employees are working from paycheck to paycheck and there is no guarantee that they will escape poverty. Employers pay low wages so that their employees don’t miss work. The employee knows that if they miss work they will not be able to pay their bills. Employers should be paying higher wages so that employees want to come to work to better themselves and their families.
- Employers have been known to keep temperatures low in the office. This saves on the utility bill. What they do not take into consideration is that employees will be less productive and they will make 44% more errors.
- Nearly 50% of missed work days are due to stress. There are many issues that cause unnecessary stress that employers can help control. Excessive workloads, low salaries, lack of support and unrealistic expectations are just a few problems that employees have to deal with on a daily basis.
- It is estimated that the average worker looks for lost items an average of 50 minutes per day. Having a proper filing and organization system could cut that number drastically.
Investing in Employees
Who doesn’t want a job that they love? We all do. These statistics are powerful tools for employers that can be used to make the workplace a better place to be. Employees that are happy and are given the proper work environment are assets to a company. It may cost the company a little more money upfront, but in turn, the employees will be happier and healthier and will want to put the time and effort into making the company thrive.
Karin Lehnardt, Senior Writer at FactRetriever.com (November 21, 2018). 42 Interesting Working Facts. Retrieved on April 16, 2019, from https://www.factretriever.com/working-facts
American Psychological Association (Updated October, 2018). Coping With Stress at Work. Retrieved on April 16, 2019, from https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress