Ways to Build A Positive Office Environment
“Man can work anywhere and under any condition, but working in a very beautiful place under very beautiful conditions will surely create superior things!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan, playwright and novelist
i.e. the happier your employees are, the more potential for your company to flourish and accomplish big things. Contented employees bring with them contagious motivation and are likely to stick around for much longer. True, a simple “Good job!” or “Thank you!” goes a long way, but there’s definitely more to building a positive office environment than just these verbal cues alone. In this post, we’ll be delving into some pivotal aspects of a great working environment and the efficacious actions or changes that you can implement to achieve a thriving atmosphere. Start positive, stay positive!
1. Keep clean and comfy
Right off the bat, an office space should be spick and span. Can you imagine dealing with unsanitary work conditions four to five days a week? You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone feeling comfortable enough to maintain an ideal level of productivity, under such conditions. Thus, keeping high levels of cleanliness translates to an all-around healthier environment which will, in turn, boost levels of productivity. A clean office is a happy office, after all ?
2. Embrace tech
It’s now the norm for companies to leverage on technology when improving their work processes, performance, and productivity. With the best tools, producing desired results efficiently can be that much likelier. Hence, if a workplace is still stuck in the pre-millennium ages tech-wise, don’t be surprised to see demotivated and exasperated employees from the get go.
3. Implement a pool of diversity
Workplace diversity’s about hiring people from different backgrounds regardless of culture, gender, race, personality, and views. Practising equality and inclusivity makes employees feel accepted, comfortable, and happy in their work environment. Additionally, having a diverse team means plenty of learning experiences to be shared! Everybody stands to gain new knowledge and perspectives which can be fostered into the team’s work dynamics. Now that’s a lot of positivity with a simple mindset change, indeed.
4. Foster communication
Many organisations today embrace the open work culture for good reason: it encourages transparency and constructive feedback. To make it work, it’s important for leaders to lead by example so employees won’t hesitate to initiate conversation with their superiors when necessary. With lowered barriers to discussion, leaders can better understand on-the-ground happenings around the workplace and decide if things need to be changed/implemented for positive growth.
5. Invest in your employees’ well-being
What’s the most important aspect of your employees’ well-being? A healthy work-life balance because — surprise — Man does not live for work alone! Inject elements of fun and spontaneity at work and be amazed with how these benefit your workplace dynamics in the long run. You’ve a bevy of options ranging from team-building activities to celebrating occasions. To up the work-life balance ante, don’t forget to focus on the actual wellness of your employees, pretty easily achieved via allocating a “Fruits Day” to power up physiological immunity, setting aside some space for “power naps”, or even outfitting the office with plants to reduce stress and illness — just to give some examples.