It’s no secret that a negative mood affects everything you do whether it is work, socializing, or even sports performance. Simple daily tasks are affected by your mood, which affect your productivity. According to the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, a negative mood at the beginning of the workday decreases your productivity by 10%.
However, there are things an employer can do to help boost morale, and increase company productivity. Simply telling your employees to say “cheese” gets them to smile. Smiling changes temperatures in your brain that help with mood.
One of my favorite ways some companies have expressed morale boosting techniques is through fresh warm cookies and fruit baskets for employees to produce positive moods. If cookies and fruits are offered to customers as well, this helps boost customer moods as well, which helps employees because they do not have to deal with a disgruntled customer. Studies show that emotions can be contagious; therefore, offering simple treats can generate better company performance.
An interesting point this article makes is allowing some open time for employees to talk. I noticed that I’m in a much better mood at work when my co-worker, Dave, comes over to talk to me once in a while. I notice a ton of conversations going on throughout my office and it seems to be working because everyone I see within the office doesn’t show signs of anger or slight depression while meeting company goals. I noticed that I actually enjoy working on my work after my conversations with Dave. My cousin on the other hand, works in a factory and the way he tells me about it seems like he really hates it. He says he can’t really talk to anyone, and the manager is always on his back about some random thing from the start of the day.
Building off my cousin’s case when a manager shows immediate frustration with small incidents, like showing up one or two minutes late will bring the employees mood down, which will decrease his productivity for the day. There are certain times when it is right to address an employee, but according this article one of the most important ways to boost productivity is by having a positive start to the day. Nobody likes getting bad news as they walk into work. Positive starts to the day carry on through out the workday, just this week my company reached goals that we had from the start of the year. We had a company meeting and we were congratulated for meeting those goals, on top of a delicious breakfast buffet to go along with the meeting at the start of the day. Who doesn’t love chowing down on bacon while working
How do your employers help increase your productivity throughout the workday?
Have you ever noticed mood affecting your or others work?
Rothbard, Nancy. “Put on a Happy Face. Seriously.” The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2014.