Proof that positive work cultures are more productive: Kim Cameron in HBR

December 1, 2015

By: Kim S. Cameron, Emma Seppälä

Kim Cameron shares some of his research in this HBR article that talks about the negative effects of stress in the workplace.

Research points out that there is an increase in disease and even risk of death for employees who belong to a hierarchal workplace. It also shows that the organizations suffer from stressed-out employees because of the cost of disengagement and the lack of loyalty.

However, research also shows that positivity in the workplace, such as fostering social connections, allowing flexible work hours, and characteristics such as empathy and trust amongst workers, increases productivity and longevity over time.

“In sum, a positive workplace is more successful over time because it increases positive emotions and well-being. This, in turn, improves people’s relationships with each other and amplifies their abilities and their creativity.”