However, when given flexible working tools such as PDAs and allowed to work more freely, workers’ productivity rose by up to 400%, and stress levels fell by more than 50%. More surprisingly, short-term memory improved, and IQ scores went up by an average of 28%. It is, of course, worth mentioning the sponsors of the experiment – mobile kit maker HP.
All of which suggests that a potentially costly upgrade to flashier kit may well pay off in the long-run. There are of course other ways to arrive at a more productive, more engaged workforce: a simple pay rise would be one of them. After all, what employee likes working for a poultry wage?