Did you know that workplace culture has a direct impact on your company’s success?
It’s true. According to a Deloitte survey, 88 percent of employees who believe their company has a positive culture are happier with their roles and feel more motivated. When your employees are happy and motivated, it’s easier to meet or even exceed your business targets.
But how do you create a positive work environment?
Perhaps you’ve bought ergonomic office furniture and installed office plants, but nothing seems to be working. Well, creating a positive environment goes beyond physical things.
Here is what you need to do.
Implement Innovative Workplace Policies
When did you last perform a review of your workplace policies?
If you’re like most business owners or managers, policy review is the least of your priorities. As long as everyone is coming to work on time and the workplace is functioning normally, you’re satisfied.
The thing is you’re not doing your business any favors.
Modern companies are implementing innovative policies that enable a positive work environment. For example, you may need to create a work at home policy. Offering remote rework reduces employee turnover by as much as 50 percent, increases worker productivity, and leads to a happier workforce.
Your Mission Matters Too
You don’t have to run a charitable organization to have a mission that brings people together. You can also craft a business mission that spreads positivity and keeps employees working towards a certain goal.
Let’s say your business specializes in furniture.
Making it your mission to protect the environment in your locality will help your employees look forward to coming to work – even when the business is on a rough patch. With global warming become a real threat, who wouldn’t want to join hands with you in your effort to preserve the environment?
Understand Your Employees’ Personalities
Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce, but the typical workplace consists of employees belonging to various generational groups.
To create a positive environment in the office, you must factor in your employees’ behavioral characteristics. What pleases a Gen X-er, for instance, might not have the same effect on a Millennial.
When you know what makes each of your employees tick, you’re able to create an environment that promotes inclusivity.
We get it. Running a business is a full-time job. You’re wearing many hats and keeping eyes firmly on the ball.
However, as much as it’s important to keep the company steady, find time to show some gratitude. A little “thanks for all you do” note at the end of every email and “hey, nice job” will go a long way in fostering a positive work environment.
Plus, when you develop a habit of appreciating your employees, it trickles down. People in the office start showing gratitude and appreciating each other.
Additionally, encourage your employees to develop a positive mental attitude. This will help them make positive contributions to the workplace and become more productive.
A Positive Work Environment Is Good for Business
A positive work environment doesn’t just happen. It takes the combined effort of employers and employees to make it work.
As a leader, though, you have to spearhead the initiative. We’ve given you the tips you need to get going, so the ball is in now your court.
Good luck, and stay tuned to our blog for more workplace tips!