If you want to create and grow a successful company, you need happy, productive employees. The secret to keeping your employees content is to maintain a great work environment.
Physical changes(lighting and organization) in the company culture and management techniques can turn a company from a place to work and get a paycheck into a place employees love going to every day.
- Hire the right staff: The kind of people you hire will be the ones to contribute to your work environment. So make sure you’re hiring people who are professional, can work in a team and can contribute to a positive work environment.
- Let go of toxic employees: One bad attitude can affect everyone’s daily performance. Though it’s a hard thing to do, it ultimately impacts the working environment, which can be felt by not only employees, but also by our customers.
- Keep the office clean, comfortable and well-decorated: Working in a clean, attractive office can have tremendous effects on the psychology of workers. Even if the sun can’t shine into your workplace, make an effort to provide a relaxing atmosphere with comfortable furniture, working equipment and a few social amenities. It might not seem cost-effective at first, but the change in attitude is visceral among staff members when they know you care enough about them to invest in their well-being.
- Make sure your office is well-lit: My best advice is [to] make sure all your employees work in a space with natural light. Poor lighting can cause significant levels of eyestrain, blurred vision and headaches, none of which are conducive to a productive work environment. On the flip side, a well-lit office can keep your employees energized throughout the day.
- Have a relaxation space: Provide a segregated place for employees to unwind — employees need breaks and need to have some form of social interaction. Providing a location for employees to unwind without disturbing employees at work will help morale tremendously.
- Make your employees comfortable: We let people choose their own desks — sitting or standing — and chairs and make it easy for them to purchase things like exercise balls and plants on the company dime. We also trust our employees to manage their own time. They’re free to take breaks to play games or just recharge as necessary.
- Encourage personalization: Giving each employee the space and freedom to customize their area to their personal work preferences is one of the best ways to create a better work environment.
- Hold fun activities during the workweek: Each month, we incorporate employee-suggested events to bond as a company. Such events include monthly birthday celebrations with ice cream socials, baseball opening-day cookouts, Easter-egg hunts, Kentucky Derby races and so on. Each event takes place during work hours to break up the week and thank employees for their hard work, while improving company culture.” –
- Let employees move around: Don’t ever let employees feel like they’re chained to their desk. Sitting at a desk does not equate to billable hours or even doing your best thinking. Having the freedom of mobility leads to better thinking.
- Focus on wellness: Creating a work environment that places emphasis on wellness is the key to success. We instituted ‘Wellness Wednesdays,’ where employees participate in yoga and meditation, as well as a ‘bring-your-pet-to-work day,’ which is an incredible stress reliever. These small additions make a significant impact on happiness and productivity, and really help to encourage a light-hearted attitude and mind-set among employees.” – Jennifer Adams, CEO, Jennifer Adams Worldwide
- Have face time with employees: In this modern world of technology, we forget that face-to-face meetings with employees are important. They need to meet with you from time to time, and you need their feedback from time to time. Emails can be so impersonal and imply messages that are not there. Talk to your employees. You might be surprised at what they have to say.” – Sue Procko, owner, SPPR
- Rephrase instructions: Replace ‘You should’ with ‘Let’s’ when giving direction to staff who report to you and to your colleagues. It’s a simple but effective way to create a sense of shared mission. It works everywhere from big strategic plans to small projects. Once you create that mind-set, you can break the mission down into specific tasks and make it clear who is accountable for what. The result is a better, more engaged environment.” – Christopher G. Fox, founder, Kindness Communication
- Don’t overload your employees: One of the top reasons people quit their jobs is because management demands that one person do the jobs of two or more people. It is crucial that you do not give your employees more than they can handle. If you suddenly have a high burst of work that needs to be completed, outsourced employees can complete the tasks.” – Bill Peppler, managing partner, Kavaliro
- Be transparent: From promotions to pending changes in business, employers have to operate openly and frankly. Allow your employees to be adults and react with information as it presents [itself]. It prevents the usual misunderstandings and rumors that stem from not being open and honest about business matters.” – Janine N. Truitt, chief innovations officer, Talent Think Innovations
- Train employees properly: Most employees want to do good work. Give them the proper tools, and they’ll succeed. This means clearly letting employees know what they are responsible and accountable for, communicating regularly with workers so everyone is on the same page, and developing opportunities for employees through training and education to better themselves — professionally and personally.” – Noelle Nelson, business consultant and author, “Make More Money by Making Your Employees Happy”(MindLab Publishing, 2012)
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