Sweet Carrots, Big Gains

In light of the greater stress on productivity that has changed American work practices over the past decade, one might think further potential gains would be relatively small. But a recent survey by Yankelovich Partners Inc. for William M. Mercer Inc. indicates that workers don't agree.

Although 70% of the 1,200 workers interviewed said they were happy in their current jobs, 86% felt they could still boost their productivity by an average of 26% given the right incentives and conditions. The biggest barriers to higher productivity: inadequate supervision and employee involvement in decision-making, too much work, and insufficient rewards and chances to advance.

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