How to improve a workplace environment
“You can’t do a job if your job is all you do” – Katie Thurmes
Room for growth and progression
Creating an environment where employees can see room for progression, a corporate ladder to climb including what is required from them to climb that ladder, is more likely to motivate employees to work hard with a good sense of direction and purpose.
Every company has targets to reach and that on its own can create a stressful environment which is why encouraging your employees to use all their holiday leave, take time off when they are really sick or allowing half days for important events/appointments is vital in ensuring your employees have a good work-life balance.
Team bonding and events
Yes, employees see each other every day and interact in the office, but taking employees out of the work environment and allowing them to get to know each other and work together on non-work-related tasks/team building activities can create stronger bonds and better coherency in the workplace.
Employees come to work to do work, and I know what you are thinking, “thanks for stating the obvious” but at the end of the day, we all love to feel appreciated and it can instantly affect an employees mood and productivity. Giving employees credit for doing great work on a project or having a system where your employees can post their workplace successes so that employees and employers are aware and can give praise for it, will have a positive impact on your employees.
Healthy colleague relationships
We can’t expect everyone in an office to be best friends, but in order to all work together rather than as an individual, it’s important that friendships are formed between employees rather than them isolating themselves from colleagues. Employees may need someone to rant to, confide in or just to make them smile on those tough days.
Doing the same thing every day can cause anyone to turn on autopilot and coast through most days, looking at the clock, hoping for 5 pm. Creating challenges for employees is a great way to get their productivity levels up, help them learn new skills and ensure they’re not on autopilot.
The above point links up with this one; creating opportunities for employees to learn new skills, discover unknown strengths and in turn develop employees’ skills which result in higher productivity and happier employees.
We all know that money talks, and for many, it’s not the sole purpose of going to work and for others it is, regardless, we need money to survive. Knowing that we are earning enough to pay our bills and invest in our future is a big factor when accepting a job or attracting and keeping employees.
We all know that communication is a vital factor in any relationship, and this couldn’t be truer in a working environment. Creating and bringing awareness to clear, concise, effective channels of communication at work ensures that both positive and negative feedback is dealt with by the right people in the right way.
Everyone may have their own individual goals and group goals between certain employees, but implementing company goals creates a powerful workforce, employees motivating and encouraging each other for a mutual benefit.