Give Gifts to Improve Productivity?

According to a recent survey I came across, holiday gifts improve motivation and can in some cases improve  productivity. The survey suggested 75% of employees said that receiving a gift improved their morale, 60% said the gesture encouraged them to like their company more. About 33% of respondents said a gift provided incentive for increased productivity. Here’s the kicker – the survey was sponsored by Staples Promotional Products. Sounds a bit self-serving to me. From my experience I would say it isn’t nearly as simple as that. I would even go so far as to suggest gift giving to employees is a bit like money in terms of motivation (See blog post ‘Do you know what motivates your employees?) it doesn’t have too much of an effect as long as they are receiving a gift but it is demotivating if they expect a gift and don’t get one.

That does not mean don’t give gifts as that has a wonderful side effect all by itself. In his book The Happiness Equation, John A Hallward cites evidence that our brain rewards us when we are nice to others and he also states recent scientific studies have shown a longer lasting feeling of warmth due to the act of giving to someone. Moral to that story is give because it makes you feel good not to motivate someone else to be more productive.

Last week I read a blog post by Lifehacker out of Australia that suggested if you are serious about being more productive you should really start working on Sunday and then take Friday off. I really haven’t decided if this has value but the arguments made sense in terms of being more productive – take care of those important tasks on Sunday without interruption; get really ready for the rest of the week; and Fridays are usually unproductive anyway so don’t work! The post even suggested you could sleep in on Sunday and gradually ease in to the work. The comments that followed the post told a story. Most were adamantly opposed. I did like one comment in particular it suggested ‘start Monday with a Sunday attitude’.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at


About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on October 20, 2011, in Business Productivity, focus, motivating employees, motivation, productivity, productivity tools and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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