New research from the iOpener Institute for People and Performance, which analysed responses from over 30,000 professionals, reveals significant differences between personal productivity levels in different countries and industry sectors.  The findings also show a clear relationship between Happiness at Work and personal productivity.

The Institute measured components of Happiness at Work including energy levels, time engaged and feelings of happiness. Productivity was measured as ‘time on task’; the time that workers are actively producing outputs that make a tangible contribution to their organisation.

The international average for time on task is 58.8%, but there are significant differences between the various industry sectors. The study revealed the utility sector to be below average with 55.3% time on task. At the bottom of the table is the Biotechnology sector with 53.2%.

Even greater differences are shown when comparing the different countries surveyed. Mexico is shown to have the highest productivity (73.2% of time on task), whilst Portugal has the lowest (43.3%).

Within both sets of data, the sectors and countries that show the highest levels of productivity also perform strongly in the measurements of Happiness at Work.

Jessica Pryce-Jones, founder director of the iOpener Institute and author of “Happiness at Work – Maximising Your Psychological Capital for Success”, noted, “Whilst broad correlations between Happiness at Work and productivity have been recognised for some time, this detailed method of analysing the components of Happiness at Work offers organisations actionable insights to formulate practical plans to improve their productivity.”

“The sector and country results offer companies a contextual starting point; those in the utility sector can ascertain how they measure up when compared to their sector and country averages, and tailor their productivity initiatives accordingly. With the utility sector scoring below the cross-industry average, there is clear potential for improvement. This is particularly important as companies look to win and retain customers in what is a highly competitive and consumer focused marketplace.”

The report may be downloaded by visiting this link