To keep your employees happy, healthy, and satisfied, your company has to ensure a positive work environment. We know - broad term! But don't worry. This article dives into what a positive workplace consists of and how to achieve it. Keep reading to learn more!
Establishing a positive work environment is a surefire way to:
But how do you get there? What makes up a positive workplace? We'll get to that now!
As the poet Maya Angelou once said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Your company’s reputation is how the public feels about it. A business’s reputation is built over years of success, ethical practices, employee happiness, and customer satisfaction. A reputation can be marred quickly by a team member coming forward and sharing accounts of a negative working experience.
Offering employees opportunities to advance within your organization rather than outside of it increases employee engagement and retention rates, and also expands your organization's collective experience, skill, and resources. That type of institutional knowledge is invaluable for your bottom line.
To ensure employee work-life balance, employers must empower and encourage each team member to enjoy their life outside of work.
A company culture that prioritizes employees’ mental health by providing reasonable vacation and paid time off opportunities, schedule flexibility, and remote options when available reaps the benefit of improved productivity and employee retention.
A depressing workplace is the enemy of any attempt to create a positive work environment. To attract high performing staff, employers must maintain a high quality workspace -- especially if you're deciding to return to the office.
This can be achieved with the following techniques:
In positive work cultures, employers prioritize each employee feeling like leadership recognizes their humanity. Great employees are individuals with rich personal lives that require a flexible workplace that adapts to their needs–not the other way around.
Employers can embrace and promote flexibility in the workplace by doing the following:
Employees prefer work environments that offer regular training and professional development opportunities. The proof is in the pudding.
According to research conducted by LinkedIn, a whopping 93% of participants said so themselves. Meeting this demand not only leaves employees feeling happy, it also increases retention and the collective resources and skills available to your company.
How do you invest in a workplace culture that promotes this value?
Recognizing good work is integral to fostering a positive work environment. Rewarding great work improves employee engagement and breeds a company culture that strives for excellence.
Rewards and recognition in the workplace include:
And pro-tip? Make the reward unique to the person who is receiving it.
Employees need to feel like their concerns and ideas are being taken seriously by leadership. In order to achieve this, it is vital that employers actively listen to each member of their team.
In order to encourage employees to voice their needs, an employer is responsible for:
Congrats! You’ve met your employees’ basic needs. They feel safe, comfortable, recognized, and empowered. Don’t forget to create a workplace that’s fun.
Feeling stumped? Explore our team building games, classes, and experiences today for all the best ideas!
Reputation, career advancement, and work life balance are integral to a positive work environment.
In order to attract and retain talented employees, your workplace has to have a positive reputation. Employees have to feel like they have opportunities to grow within the workplace rather than leaving to advance. Additionally, to maintain a positive working environment, employees need to feel like their lives outside of work are recognized and respected.
A toxic work environment is one in which employees are not afforded work-life balance, adequate communication tools, effective leadership, and growth opportunities. As a result, the company culture becomes riddled with burnout and turnover.
You’ll know that your employees are happy when they look forward to coming to work because they feel safe, comfortable, and fulfilled in their career. When work-life balance feels possible, employee happiness is usually not far behind it.
A happy workplace reaps the benefits of long-term retention, increased productivity, and innovation. Maintaining a positive workplace and employee experience takes commitment and creativity.
At Confetti, we can help you with the creative part. Book one of our classes, games or experiences for your staff and show them that you care about their happiness and the culture of your workplace!