Happy employees are productive employees. By taking small steps to create a happy and motivated work environment, there are likely to be fewer work-related conflicts, lesser absenteeism, and more productivity.
Here are 6 ways through which you can create a safe, empowering and a positive work environment.
1. Appreciate your employees
Most managers make the mistake of waiting for annual reviews when it comes to judging the potential of their employees. The long wait for recognition makes the performing employee impatient, making way for negativity which ultimately results in reduced productivity.
It's recommended you do your best to appreciate your employees as often as you can. This will boost morale, invoking a positive environment and will help them to stay happy.
2. Be flexible
Running an office with a tight schedule with no breaks may be a mistake and a factor in making employees miserable.
It takes guts to promote a flexible standard and the future demands it. Flexible hours allows employees to have more control on their work-life balance. It’s unfair to expect workers to perform better if they are unable to give time to their families. For a careful work-life balance, it is essential to allow workers to have flexible working hours along mixed with short breaks.
If the employees are able to maintain a positive work-life balance and are able to refresh their minds as often as they need, they will start loving their office and promote towards its growth.
3. Happiness is contagious
Happiness is not a solitary experience. What can be the best way to make everyone happy other than a smile? If the boss is smiling, and positive, employees will feel relaxed, communicate more, worry less about making mistakes and ultimately learn more.
When you have a boss with a positive demeanor, the employees will start helping each other, remain healthy, communicate freely, engage in more productive talks leading to an improved work environment.
4. Promote organization
Disorganization exacerbates bad feelings and clutters the mind. It is essential to remain organized to promote a healthy workplace. Here are some ways to make it happen:
- Keep the floors dry and clean to prevent falls.
- Ensure to clean the washrooms and floors with disinfectants to prevent the spread of germs.
- Maintain essential light levels and sufficient availability of fresh air.
- Ask your employees to take care of their workspace.
5. Be a team player
Leading by example makes for a great boss. Be there for your employees when they need you most, which could mean jumping in and getting your hands dirty with them.
Rewarding your team for their hard work is a great way to raise morale. Have a strategic reward system in place based on four key areas: accountability, individual performance, team performance and punctuality.
Rewards don’t have to be monetary, either. Here are some examples:
- Give an extra day off.
- Throw an office party.
- Give them gift cards.
- Write them a [handwritten] thank you note.
6. Promote a social workplace
Offices shouldn't feel stuffy and too serious. The manager should be responsible for promoting a social workplace where workers are free to talk, share their opinions and communicate freely.
It is recommended to hold weekly meetings and discuss positive goal achievement and good things happening with your team. Motivational acknowledgment coupled with stats on positive company growth creates a virtual aura of satisfaction in the minds of the workers making them more productive.
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