Can productivity goals improve employee retention and happiness?

HR software systems can help businesses create a working environment that engages employees.

HR software systems can help businesses create a working environment that engages employees.

HR software systems can help streamline the hiring process for many businesses and give employers the opportunity to focus on building genuine connections with potential hires, which is essential for the workplace.

Despite the ease with which software from human resource consulting companies makes it possible for people to enjoy a more expedient hiring process, when it comes to retaining staff, employers frequently have much more to consider.

According to a recent study by Kelly Services, a workplace solutions firm, setting up productivity goals may be just the thing to promote more active and engaged employee behavior.

The study found that 40 percent of employees believe they would be more productive if they were also given certain goals linked to performance, Yahoo reported. 

"Performance-based incentive plans can be a win-win situation," said Steve Armstrong, senior vice president and general manager of U.S. operations for Kelly Services. "Employees can benefit from the opportunity to work smarter and raise their earnings capacity, while employers benefit from increased productivity and a more engaged workforce."

More than 120,000 individuals representing 31 countries took part in the study, with 12,000 from the U.S.

For employers, setting productivity goals doesn't have to be complicated – the first step is working within particular variables and distinguishing the current performance levels from the achievements that employers would prefer staff to make.

In addition, setting a goal date for the completion of these tasks can give employees a sense of urgency, which in turn will make them more apt to get projects and other long-standing work done, the Houston Chronicle reported.