25pc of employees unproductive, says expert
Zurich, January 25, 2010
Pundits suggest that 25 per cent of all employees are unproductive and are simply turning up to collect a pay check, said a top official of an organisational effectiveness research firm.
“More than one quarter of team members are likely to struggle with their work mojo, unable to maintain a level that allows them to produce quality, happily,” said Patricia Risch, a senior associate with the global incubator for new-world business, Edgewalker Group International.
She added that employees are often out of sync with their working environment, resulting in astonishing reductions in productivity.
“Research shows that this is happening without them or their team leaders realising why. The result is that friction occurs and generally productivity falls even more,” she said.
According to Gallup Organisation Research, only 29 per cent of employees are motivated and the disengaged employees are said to cost the American economy up to $350 billion per year.
Risch said that the good news is that this trend can be reversed by introducing wellness into the workplace.
She pointed to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine which indicates a 300-600 per cent rate of return on money invested in wellness programmes over a two-five year time period.
Risch has developed a new-to-market programme that takes a deep look at wellness in the workplace.
“I have designed a programme simply called Working with Wellness,” Risch said.
“This introduces techniques that focus the dynamic integration of a number of wellness practices fused with the cultivation of inter-relationships – with people, the environment, and with ourselves,” she added.
“The practiced result is the promotion of appreciation, vitality, inspiration, quality output and joyful achievement. It offers a more enduring path for team members.”
Risch said that the two-day Working with Wellness programme guides the self-discovery of new ways of approaching wellness, particularly through environmental health in the workplace.
It also provides practical steps to promote an energised team and recuperate self-energy to create and contribute the very best of ‘who you are at work’.
The first ‘Working with Wellness’ will be hosted on February 20 to 21, in Hutten, in Kanton Zurich. – TradeArabia News Service
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