Many people believe that happy workers lead to more profitable companies—after all why would Fortune track the 100 Best Companies to Work For if there wasn’t a financial benefit? It is a chicken vs egg scenario. Do successful companies treat people well because they have the resources or did they become successful because they treated people well?
When a company starts to struggle one of the first things to go are employee perks in an effort to avoid layoffs. Research would suggest that companies think twice. Which type of employees will help you recover from economic difficulty more quickly? A group who have lost benefits and are fearing layoffs or a group that is almost 12% more productive, intrinsically motivated, and are three times more creative?
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