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Engaging Workers Improves Factory Output, Concludes Yet Another Academic Study

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

A paper by Sherry Wu of UCLA and Elizabeth Paluck of Princeton, demonstrates that actively encouraging employees to speak up about their work process and experience, rather than solely listen to management, boosted productivity by 10% in a Chinese apparel factory, after just six weeks.

The productivity boost is equivalent to a $58 USD increase in wages.

Once again, it is clear giving workers a voice is foundational to improvements in the workplace and the bottom-line. When workers are heard and engaged, everyone benefits.

Read the detailed study here.


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