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New Research Shows Happy Workers are Productive Workers

A happy workersnew study from the Social Market Foundation says it has proof that happy workers are indeed productive workers! For the longest time corporate culture mostly prioritized a high-pressure, take-no-prisoners culture to maximize financial success. This approach appeared to produce the best results as direct correlation between effort and results could be more easily measured.

New research by the Social Market Foundation and the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy that included over 700 workers appears to disprove these old misconceptions about worker productivity. The old adage of push them harder, for more results simply yields marginal results when it comes to overall worker productivity.  It is the go-to method because it is often times a lot easier to track and show results based on effort.

On average the old motivational workplace methods proved to show a 3% increase in employee productivity. The experiment consisted of showing a 10-minute comedy clip or providing snacks and drinks to random employees. This latter method showed a 12% minimum and up to 20% maximum increase in productivity following the above motivational methods!

This holiday season employers consider what kind of bonus or holiday snacks to bring into the office. How much of the budget should be spent on non-work related activities to increase worker happiness. This study may provide proof that this method of employee appreciation indeed leads to measurable productive results.

One needs to consider a mix of both short-term and long-term incentives to keep current and future employees stimulated to perform their best. Long term incentives include benefits such as medical and dental coverage, life insurance and others.

Howard Employee Services provides employee benefits in the Sarasota area as part of its employee services to companies that may not otherwise have access to such benefits for their employees.

Give Howard Employee Services a call today at 941-922-0202 or send us an email for more information on how we can help your company properly incentivize its employees too!

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Why You Too Should Outsource Payroll

payroll servicesSmall to medium sized business owners are all too familiar with the headaches associated with payroll management. In fact, one of the first things business consultants always recommend is to outsource payroll and other non-core functions. A non-core function is anything you can’t charge clients for or use to differentiate yourself from your competitors.

Let’s explore the outsourcing payroll a bit more with a focus on the advantages as well as disadvantages that may be associated with this decision. In a closed perfect business environment outsourcing should have three main benefits:

Frees up Time and Resources

Payroll is a critical function of business operations. However it does not directly contribute to increased sales. Instead it represents a risk as it may increase costs if done incorrectly. This makes payroll an area with a huge con vs. pro margin when it comes to profit margins.

Besides costs payroll represents a huge risk when it comes to legal requirements. Businesses have to conform to various laws from federal to state and local tax laws. These ordinances are forever changing representing a huge amount of time investment to stay in compliance for a business owner.

Historical Data Analysis

Employee salary is often times the biggest expense small to medium business enterprises have to deal with on a yearly basis. One of the ways to mitigate the negative effects of reoccurring costs is to track its historical costs in order to make better financial decisions based on past decisions.

For example, if a certain position has proved to be an issue cost vs. benefit wise you can more accurately catch this with a managed payroll system that provides with graphical data as well as personnel assistance. Without this assistance businesses often risk falling into the trap of repeated mistakes leading to eventual financial ruin.

Risk Reduction

Payroll management services have built in risk management features that a business may not be able to afford on its own. This includes services such as helping a business owner navigate legal issues, requirements, and even guidance when it comes to sensitive employee relation issues. A good payroll service will have an employee relations management department to ensure smooth communication between employer and employee.

Give Howard Employee Services a call today at 941-922-0202 or send us an email for more information on how we can you payroll services to your company too!

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