7 workplace myths disproven by research [infographic]
provided by: O.C. Tanner
7 Workplace Myths Disproven by Research
Considered common knowledge in the workplace, are they actually true? Check out actual research disproving these common workplace assumptions.
Employees are Only Productive for Eight Hours
Using a time-tracking productivity app, DeskTime, the Draugiem Group tracked the habits of the most productive employees. 10% of employees with the highest productivity surprisingly didn’t work longer hours than their counterparts. They didn’t even work full eight-hour days. Instead, the most productive employees took 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work.
Engagement is the Goal
Although studies show that engaged employees are more likely to produce great results, engagement doesn’t always lead to results. In fact, a study by Accenture found that 43% of the most “highly engaged workers have a weak or lukewarm intention to stay.”
Money is the Motivation
A recent study by the O.C. Tanner Institute reveals that if you want your employees to do great work, money isn’t the best way to motivate them. When employees were asked what does motivate them, 7% of participants responded by saying “pay me more.” 37% responded by saying “recognize me.”
High-Achievers Make Great Managers
While many managers earn their title by being knowledgeable about their craft, being a great manager means being effective at discovering unique skills of others, and then capitalizing on those skills. Research on the “Value of Bosses” by Stanton, Shaw, and Lazear found that bosses who don’t improve the productivity of their people have an exit rate that is nearly twice that of average-quality bosses.
Resumes Dictate the Best Hires
Although many recruiters may overlook applicants who don’t have all the right credentials on paper, a survey from CareerBuilder of 2,134 workers revealed that 47% of college grads said that they had never worked in a field related to their majors.
Remote Employees are Less Engaged
Data from Gallup’s State of the American Workplace reveals employees who work remotely are slightly more engaged than those in the office (32% engaged vs. 28% engaged). And research by Stanford University and CTrip, a travel website in China, found that productivity increased when they allowed 250 employees to work from home. Productivity of remote employees rose 13%. And 9.5% of that increase was attributed to working more hours.
Do What You Love and You’ll Never Work Again
You may never work if you follow your bliss, but you also won’t be successful. Research shows that you should focus on doing something others love. The Great Work Study analyzed 1.7 million cases of award-winning work. 88% of projects that are appreciated and rewarded began with an employee asking, “What difference could I make that other people would love?”