Being an employer is a big responsibility with people’s livelihoods in your hands. The success of your company is largely determined by your employees, their skills and how well they work. Having a strong employer – employee relationship is key in maintaining and preserving your company’s achievements. Happy and motivated staff means more productivity, it is also a win – win, your employees are in good spirts and your company sees the benefits.
There are many ways you can be a good, motivating and encouraging employer, no matter what sector your business is in.
Working in an office is synonymous with many different industries, albeit finance, marketing, sales, or HR alike. Working full time hours Monday – Friday in an office means your employees will be there, in most cases, more than in their own homes. So, having an office space that is comfortable, practical, and inviting is essential. Being in a well catered environment that is peaceful and functional can put your employees at ease and allow them to work to their full potential.
Having a friendly office environment can help your employees collaborate and work together in order to achieve new ideas and innovations.
A happy workplace is not something that happens by accident. It’s the product of purposely made physical and intangible changes.
Here are some things you can do to create a better office environment for your employees:
Natural lighting and large windows
Natural lighting is easier on the eye and can help prevent light induced headaches. In addition, there are strong connections between natural light in the workplace and employees’ quality of sleep and therefore energy. Researchers at Northwestern University found that people who work in offices with windows receive 173 percent more white light (light from the sun) during work hours and sleep an extra 46 minutes every night. Workers were better rested and therefore in a better frame of mind.
Clean and comfortable space
When you are in an area that is pleasant and comfortable you feel better and more relaxed. This is true of both the home and the work environment. Organizing files, emptying bins, making sure all lightbulbs are working and there is no clutter are simple ways to keep the workspace comfortable. Personal touches such as pot plants, good coffee and snacks go a long way, your employees will feel appreciated and motivated to work hard. Adding these homely touches will allow your employees to relax and focus on their tasks.
Office layouts are often open plan, which is great for team work, however sometimes an employee may need a solitary and quiet place to concentrate fully on what they are doing. Providing a quiet room can help cut down stress and interruptions for your employees when they need to concentrate the most. In addition, such a place could be used or private or confidential calls or meetings.
Employees will have a higher job satisfaction and are more likely to stay at a job where they feel listened to and appreciated. Having transparency between managers and workers can keep employees engaged and keep them in the loop of what is going on within the company. An easy way to create and maintain transparency is through ‘catch up’ meetings to check in on staff, additionally having a company newsletter that informs your employees about any changes to the business.
Having a place within your work space where employees can let off some steam and exercise can help build on their relationships with other members of staff, in addition to re-energise and motivate. Providing yoga mats, kettle bells and resistant bands allows your employees to have a place where they can go to, stretch and relax after a stressful meeting or even just to regain focus. Another simple way your company can create a recreational area is by providing board games, puzzles, and if you have the space a pool or ping bong table. Having this kind of space available helps create stronger bonds between staff.
Your employees will spend a large amount time at their desk or workstation. Encouraging employees to make their desks personal, well equipped and decorated in a way that suits them can help boost productivity and make them feel more at ease. For example, providing a cork board, for your employees to stick pictures of their family, friends and pets too.
Incorporating these ideas to your workspace can result in happy employees that feel motivated, appreciated, and listened to. This in turn creates a better corporate identity and will add to the success of your business.
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