Take a break for better business, says survey
Dubai, July 20, 2010
A new HP survey shows how ‘work breaks’ generate returns for businesses in the UAE.
The survey throws light on how breaks, networking with colleagues and the office environment can have a positive impact on productivity and can actually generate value for small and medium businesses or ‘SMBs’ during the working day.
The survey was commissioned in order to research alternative ways to stimulate production in the current economic climate, as many SMBs are struggling to maintain traditional financial rewards, explained a top HP official.
'In today’s economic climate some employers are finding it a challenge to provide employees with traditional motivators such as bonuses or yearly salary increases. Understanding what motivates and helps employees perform efficiently on the job can assist employers in finding ways to maintain productivity even in challenging economic times,' said Amin Mortazavi, general manager of HP Middle East Imaging and Printing Group.
Research also undertaken as part of the survey during the World Cup showed that, across the region’s SMB community, more than half of respondents claimed to work more efficiently and effectively the morning after a national football victory.
HP’s research, which covers 11 Emea countries including the UAE – revealed the return on investment (ROI) behind a range of practices and actions that businesses typically wouldn´t associate with value creation, such as a trip to the gym (with 37 per cent of respondents associating an ROI with this activity), the journey to and from work (47 per cent) and even, the presence of potted plants or flowers in the office (55 per cent).
Whether it is the morning coffee break or the way they spend their lunch hour, employees revealed that break activities taken during the work day to be 79 per cent more effective in terms of ROI generation than such activities performed outside working hours, the report said.-TradeArabia News Service