As an employer, one of your top priorities and one of the most effective ways to ensure that your company will succeed is by maintaining a positive workplace. Your team will spend the majority of their weekdays in the office, so it should be a space in which everyone is comfortable and morale is high. If you find that you are dealing with unhappy employees more than usual or are finding that productivity rates around the office are at an all-time low, it might be time to take a step back and reevaluate your office environment and identify areas that need improvement. Nearly half of adults in the workforce report being trapped in a toxic work environment at some point in their lives, aka a workplace that prioritizes business and profit over employee wellbeing. While the monetary success of your business is important, the best way to ensure that your business will achieve long-term success is by ensuring that your team members are happy.
If you think it’s time to make some changes around the office, here are 3 ways to get started.
- Revisit PTO Policy
Many employees around the country report that the best thing their employer could do to improve their well-being both in and out of the office is offering more (or unlimited) PTO. While some employers might worry that this will result in their team members abusing their unlimited PTO and rarely showing up to do work, it is actually proven to be the opposite. Being more lenient with time off will show employees that you care about them as human beings outside of the workplace, and will give them extra peace of mind knowing that they can take off work should they need to. This will reduce burnout in the workplace and lead to higher productivity rates, as well as happier employees over time.
- Clean Up Your Space
The appearance of your office can play an important role in your employee’s attitudes throughout the workday. Creating a comfortable space for your team will make them actually want to head to work in the morning, and will likely put them in a better mood throughout the day. Invest in comfortable furniture, put some staff favorite snacks and drinks in the kitchen, and opt for natural sunlight instead of bright fluorescent lights; these are 3 ways that have been proven to make employees happier, and in turn, more productive.
- Improve Communication
Maintaining consistent communication with your team is the best way to receive feedback about what is and is not working within the company and its office space. Encourage employees to come to you with any questions or concerns, and consider hosting a weekly lunch or another type of outing with your team in order to receive feedback on a consistent basis. Consider employee training resources from the Health & Safety Institute to learn more about improving morale in the workplace and identifying employee needs to create a safer and happier workplace for everyone.