Work Doesn't Have To Be A Four Letter Word -- Part 1 of 2





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Published on Oct 7, 2010

Hank Sarkis of the Reliability Group (http://relgroup.net) explains why "some companies soar like eagles while most others have trouble getting off the ground." He describes simple changes to job design to materially increase productivity, safety, and motivation.

"Having fun at work continues to be a key determinant of a healthy organizational culture" according to Sarkis. He describes multi-year research of over 5,000 employees that continues to place 'cheerfulness' in the top five factors leading to a positive organizational culture.

Further, Sarkis remarked "our research has documented that employees who report low levels of job satisfaction are three times more likely to be injured at work." In addition, Sarkis points out the importance of maintaining low stress levels with employees, and states "building a fitness center is not going to help a sick organization." He adds "supervisors aren't victims of stress, they are carriers."

According to Sarkis, allowing employees 'choice' in how they do their jobs has a major impact on productivity and operating reliability. Respondents who report low levels of choice were four times more likely to have an accident than those who reported higher levels. "When employees are offered choices in how they do their jobs, higher performance and job enjoyment follows" stated Sarkis.

"There's a good news - bad news aspect to this story" Sarkis explained. "The good news is that virtually all of theses changes work with any size organization and can be implemented without great expense or major new programs. The bad news is that these simple concepts are overlooked by a majority of organizations."

About Hank Sarkis

Hank Sarkis is a principal of the Reliability Group, a strategic planning and human resource consulting organization. He is an experienced corporate planner, consultant, and operations executive. Sarkis conducts workshops and lectures on the subjects of tactical and strategic planning, organizational development, and loss prevention.

Contact: Hank Sarkis, The Reliability Group
Phone: (954) 782-5588
E-mail: hsarkis@relgroup.net
Website: http://relgroup.net

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