Team Size, Happiness, and their Relationship to Productivity

Abstract

To address the questions of whether larger or smaller teams are better and how happiness impacts employee productivity, a review of extant research was conducted and then analyzed. The research and paper begin with the recognition that there is disparity in the conclusions that have been reached over time, but final analysis found that smaller teams tend to be more productive; larger teams can overcome the lack of individual productivity through sheer size; and while happier employees are generally more productive, employers cannot necessarily make employees happy. Therefore, emphasis should be placed on organizing work into units that can be assigned to smaller teams, barriers to communication should be eliminated, and employers should try to minimize or eliminate unhappiness caused by the workplace.

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