Cleanliness motivates workers, study finds

Safe, clean facilities boost employee happiness and productivity, according to new a survey by Tork.

Safe, clean facilities boost employee happiness and productivity, according to new survey findings released by Essity’s professional hygiene brand, Tork USA.

The survey, conducted in November 2018, found the majority of manufacturing employees identify operational efficiency (96 per cent), safety and hygiene (94 per cent), and organisation of work environments (93 per cent) as top enhancers of their happiness on the job.

The study also concluded efficiency, organisation, safety and hygiene rank considerably higher than other factors in a facility, such as advancements in technology and machinery (87 per cent).

According to the study:

  • Nine in 10 manufacturing employees believe quality on-the-job tools, such as cleaning products, impact their productivity (90 per cent) along with their happiness (91 per cent)
  • 71 per cent of employees believe operational efficiency strongly impacts their productivity, 96 percent believe it boosts their happiness
  • 94 per cent of employees find that a hygienic, healthy and risk-free work environment impacts their happiness (57 per cent strongly agree)
  • 60 per cent of workers find that organisation of work environment strongly influences their productivity, and 93 percent find it affects their happiness

For plant managers and facility supervisors, improving hygiene and safety are critical for boosting employee morale in addition to facility efficiency.

Maryellen Anastasio, marketing manager, Essity said happiness and productivity go hand-in-hand, particularly in fast-paced, high-risk environments like manufacturing.

“Facilities should consider the tools they are using and adopt safe and hygienic solutions that will not only improve operational efficiencies but motivate and engage employees. By making these changes, employers are sending a message that they care about their workers’ happiness and well-being.”

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