THE TOP TEN Ways to Create a Happy Office Environment
Discover how you, as a business owner or manager, can establish a happy atmosphere for your staff.
Money does matter. Although a salary isn't at all the main motivator for employees, it's essential that you pay them what they deserve. Keep your eye on the industry and reassess the job salaries on a regular basis to ensure they remain competitive. If someone's job role changes, make sure their salary changes accordingly. Also, it's a good idea to hold regular pay review opportunities for your staff members to ensure everyone feels compensated for their efforts.
In addition to salary, providing your employees with other benefits - such as healthcare, gym memberships, pension plans and childcare services - shows them that you care about them holistically. It tells your employees that you don't just see them for the raw robotic products/services they can churn out, but that you respect them as individuals with lives outside the workplace.
Get to Know Your Staff Members
Respect each of your employees as an individual thinker, with unique skills and experiences. Make an effort to get to know them beyond their CV so that you can make sure they're talent isn't wasted.
No one wants to feel like they're working under lock and key. Forcing your staff members to punch the timeclock and to keep records of their daily tasks down to the last minute only causes increased pressure and stress. Your employees need to be given the freedom to work according to their own methods, knowing that you're trusting them to get the job done.
Provide Clear Direction
Strong, charismatic and intelligent management is crucial to creating a happy work environment. While it's important to be flexible, giving your employees the freedom to create wonderful work, it's equally important to provide them with clear directions and support. Set goals with your team and support them along the way. Make sure that everyone is on the same page - knowing what the target is and how you're going to work as a team to get there.
In addition to carrying out their daily duties, understand that your employees also want to grow in their career, learn and develop new skills. By offering your employees a range of training opportunities, your company will benefit from a more informed/skilled staff and a team that feels happier and more confident at the same time.
A large part of business is about building relationships - with clients, business partners, the media, and, most importantly with your fellow team members. One of the best ways to build up these work friendships is by hosting routine social events for the whole office. This is also a great way to reward your employees for their hard work and show them how much they're appreciated.
The aesthetics of the office contributes more to the general happiness level more than you might think. When you think about it, people spend the majority of their daily lives at the office. So why then do most offices look bleak and depressing? Paint the walls, bring in some couches, get a fish tank - do what it takes to make the office an enjoyable and beautiful place to go to work.
Employees rely on a certain set of tools to do their work well. This could be anything from computers and software programs to trucks and powertools, depending on the industry you're in. Make sure your employees have access to the best of these tools so that they can remain competitive and carryout their tasks in the most efficient way. Providing your employees with the proper tools to do their job will show them that you think they're worth it. So, whether it's a business phone line or a new band-saw that's needed, don't hesitate to make the investment.
Not only is it important for you to communicate your expectations to your staff, and to keep the conversation on-going, but it's equally as important to give your staff the opportunity to feedback as well. Give them a forum for discussion and genuinely listen to their ideas; after all, they are the ones encountering the work on a day-to-day basis.
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