There's nothing worse than dreading going to work every day, and if we're honest, we've all been there at same stage in our lives. It's really important that we wake up every day with a positive mindset about the job we're about to go and do. As a boss, if you don't enjoy your working environment, chances are neither do your employees. It can be difficult to create a positive workspace as there are so many contributing factors that need to be considered. Whether it's the people you're surrounded by, or the work itself, it's vital to have a process in place to create a positive space not only for yourself, but for your employees too. With that in mind, we have put together eight top tips to help create an amazing work-culture, to make your work life, and your employees, that much more enjoyable.
It is important to create a space where open and equal discussions can take place. Employees should be able to speak openly without feeling like they will be scrutinised. Team wins should also be celebrated. Taking time to do non-related work activities together can help employees to feel relaxed and comfortable can help enhance an employee feeling safe in the workplace.
Positivity boots employee wellness. Whether you’re an employer or co-worker, by being positive you will encourage others’ to look on the brighter side. Praise people for their hard work and achievements. A simple thank you will go a long way.
As a team, sit down together and set goals and deadlines. This will keep your team motivated and busy to work towards common goals. Having incentives for when your team achieves these goals is even better. It will give employees something to strive for. If they hit their targets or desired goal, reward them!
When you see an employee or colleague achieve something out of the ordinary, recognise it. Let them know it hasn’t gone unnoticed and they should be proud of their accomplishment. If you are an employer, call them out on it in a meeting or in the lunchroom, so everyone knows and can congratulate them as well. Not only will this encourage that employee to keep doing what they’re doing, but other employees will be driven to go above and beyond, so they get recognised too.
Giving regular feedback, especially for newer employees, is so important. If they’re doing a great job, let them know. If there are things they can improve on, tell them. This will create a trust between you and your employee so they know you will always be honest with them. If you give someone something to improve on, it will also help them grow and develop their skills. If you’re an employee yourself and see a colleague do something well, or not so well, let them know. Just do it in a positive way. Don’t provide feedback in front of others and don’t do it in a way that will discourage them.
Although you’re at work to get a job done, there is no reason you can’t have fun while doing it. If something funny happened over the weekend, share it. If there’s an entertaining video of a cat on social media show it. In our office we like to watch The Bachelor recaps, in fact we look forward to it. Laughing releases endorphins that make people happy. Happy employees’ equal productivity.
Offer perks in whatever way you can. Celebrate your employee’s birthday or anniversary at the company. Have social events to let your employees know they aren’t just a number to you. Take an interest in their lives and know what’s going on.
We are all guilty in indulging in a little gossip from time to time, and I think we’d be lying if we said we didn’t gossip at work. However, it is a behaviour that needs to be discouraged when it relates to another individual, or group, in the same workplace. Not only is gossip bad for the person who is unaware that it is happening, but also for the people involved in it. If you are in an environment where people are discussing that another employee isn’t good at their job, or there’s a rumour they’re getting the sack, what will that do to your own state of mind? You’ll begin to question what is said about you when you’re not around.
Follow these eight tips and your work-culture will exceed expectations, make employees actually want to be at work and encourage them to always aim to achieve high standards of work.
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Written by Marketing Coordinator Abbey Ross at Harby Studios.