World business conditions however, many companies these days are filled with apprehension and anxiety as to their future. Companies are cutting back their employees’ work hours. Productivity shouldn’t be only at a standstill in some places, it really had gone down in some, too.
Some companies had their employees take one paid day off every pay schedule. Others have their workplace days only from Monday to Thursday while still others shortened their work days.
Impact on productivity
There were two interesting reactions to those cost-cutting strategies done by companies. The first outcome was totally unexpected.
While there was some lost productivity because of fewer working hours and also because of the negative working environment that it created, many companies discovered that productivity during working hours was really higher than before the cuts were implemented.
There were two reasons forwarded as to why business productivity may be higher as a consequence of decreased hours in the work place.
The first was the staff’ perception that they have lesser time available to them to finish the same amount of work as they did before. It moved them to put additional efforts to get everything done, and worked harder than they had in the past.
Moreover, the motivation of fear was strong. People have been worried that the cutbacks were just the beginning and that more layoffs have been soon to follow.
In an effort to keep their jobs, the people worked harder than before to at least put on a picture that they are value keeping as employees.
On the other hand, both of those motivating factors are unfortunately short-term conditions. After the employees adapted to the shorter work hours, their stress levels decreased in regards to their perceived amount of time to get the job done.
Soon, they reverted back to their old coffee breaks and Web browsing as an alternative of working.
Regarding the motivation of fear, it didn’t take long for the working environment to become extremely destructive. Negativity in the office tends to decrease productivity.
Some companies have seen more employees spending more time at the proverbial water cooler. They are griping about the fact that they don’t have enough cash because of the current cutbacks.
Due to the negative environment around, nobody wants to contribute anymore to the overall good of the enterprise (which decreases productivity). After the fear stopped motivating these employees, the result is lower productivity in the office.
Corporations that may discover themselves to be in this situation have to do some damage control on the employees’ morale. The goal would be to maintain a positive working environment.
Keep open all lines of communication with everybody. Airing things out soothe nerves and might bring back people to their ideal selves.
Make it obvious to everybody that you are all working together to get through the current difficult times. This is better than fighting one another all the time for petty things. In such a relaxed environment, people tend to calm down and become their productive selves once again.