Work Habits as Positive and Negative Influence on Workplace Productivity

Global Journal of Business Research, v. 9 (1) pp. 39-48, 2015

10 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016

See all articles by Jon K. Webber

Jon K. Webber

University of Phoenix

Elliot M. Ser

Florida Atlantic University

Gregory W. Goussak

Ashford University

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure senior level executive perception of what encompasses successful workplace productivity in 21st century organizations. This qualitative study involved 42 senior level executives from 14 different industries and institutional groupings who represented Western organizations. The authors collected data from August 2013 to April 2014. Over 76% of the participants had over 10 years’ experience in their professional field. These senior level executives indicated that a number of different categories such as Attitude, Ethics, Initiative, Interpersonal Skills, Personal Development, Teams, Leadership, Time Management, Focus, Rules and Solutions were either positive or negative workplace habits affecting productivity. The majority of executives cited Attitude as the most positive workplace habit affecting productivity and Unaccountability and Carelessness as the most negative workplace habits affecting productivity. The authors’ findings offer insights into ways that senior leaders can adjust their hiring and training strategies so positive workplace habits are enabled and negative ones are contained and minimalized so greater productivity can be engaged in the workplace. We offer directions for future research in the subject area and point to areas for possible training consideration.

Keywords: Workplace Productivity; Workplace Habits; Strategic HRM

JEL Classification: M12, M51, M53, M54

Suggested Citation

Webber, Jon K. and Ser, Elliot M. and Goussak, Gregory W., Work Habits as Positive and Negative Influence on Workplace Productivity (2015). Global Journal of Business Research, v. 9 (1) pp. 39-48, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654453

Jon K. Webber (Contact Author)

University of Phoenix ( email )

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Elliot M. Ser

Florida Atlantic University ( email )

Boca Raton, FL 33431
United States

Gregory W. Goussak

Ashford University ( email )

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Clinton, IA 52732
United States

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