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5 Tips for Improving Employee Happiness and Effectiveness

May 28, 2013 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

A team of Harvard psychologists conducted research on a list of the factors driving effectiveness of 64 U.S. intelligence groups, ranking them from best to worst.

Surprisingly, the strongest predictor of effective teams was not stable team membership, a clear vision, well-defined roles and responsibilities; appropriate rewards, recognition, and resources; or strong leadership. Instead, research noted the value in the following:

1. Encourage employees to help each other. Research on employee effectiveness has shown that the strongest predictor of any one group’s success was the amount of help teammates gave to each other. These groups were more cohesive, got work done faster, and educated new employees at a high rate of speed.
2. Creating a “giver culture.” In a “giver culture,” employees give their help and knowledge without the expectation of something in return. This culture boasts the highest level of collaboration amongst teams.

By taking time to develop your employees, you will shift the curve of employee performance. This will help to make your entire team stronger and more efficient. How you can integrate some of these ideas into your leadership routine?

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Posted in Employee Engagement | Tagged Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Collaborative Culture, Team Building, Communication Skills, Bruce Jones

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