Does Good Atmosphere at Work Really Improve Performance?
January 5, 2017
American researchers have analyzed the effects of a good atmosphere in the workplace. They pointed out that a positive work environment reinforces the performance of employees, because informal exchanges between colleagues make it possible to acquire new knowledge.
In the morning, it is with pleasure that you find your colleagues. You love to chat with them and not just to talk about work. To such an extent that bursts of laughter flare up regularly. Without knowing it/ Even you are not aware of it, you are improving your skills and performance. A relaxed environment favors informal acquisition of knowledge.
"This creates that group cohesion, so when there is fun, colleagues may be able to get to know each other, have better connections, and be better able to help each other," says Michael Tews.
One of the authors of the study. Employee exchanges offer equal opportunities to acquire new knowledge and skills in a much more effective way than the training offered by the employer.
The pleasure of working with colleagues that is appreciated also makes them more optimistic, less stressed and more prone to innovate. Indeed, employees working in a relaxed climate are less afraid of being punished in case of error. This encourages them to try new things and thus to advance the business.
To reach these conclusions, the researchers provided a questionnaire to more than 200 chain restaurant managers. A choice motivated by the specific nature of their activity which limits the possibilities of offering training sessions. They rely on informal learning among colleagues to improve the knowledge and skills of their colleagues.
Managers were asked to indicate whether any team-building or team-building activities had been set up, such as team-building days or pots to celebrate the best achievements, and what support they provided for the well-being job. In detailing their responses, the researchers highlighted that pleasure at work creates a climate conducive to learning and allows employees to expand their fields of expertise.
But beware, it is not enough to organize pots every day to boost the productivity of all. Michael Tews has discovered that a cool atmosphere can also have detrimental effects on the effectiveness of the teams. The researcher concludes that it is necessary, as with any form of management, to find a balance. They invite managers to be "selective" in how to measure happiness in the work of their teammates.
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