When you are trying to create a positive work environment, it’s important to get the entire team involved. Your employees need to feel motivated, encouraged and accepted in order to perform at their best. How do you make them feel this way while still getting what you need from them and doing what’s best for your company?
It may take some time to develop the workplace environment that you would like to establish, but it will be worth the effort. When you’re ready to create a positive work environment for your staff, try these tricks to make it happen.
Show your Staff Appreciation
One way to get your staff feeling more positive is to make them feel appreciated. People that feel appreciated will work harder and work better because they want to continue to make their company proud. Being appreciative of their efforts by letting them know they’ve made a difference for the company will go a long way in future projects.
Verbal recognition can be done by a simple “thank you” or recognition of a staff member during team meetings. Consider giving out bonuses for jobs well done or for employees of the month. Even the occasional high-five or hand shake is a great way to praise your staff individually.
Listen to Ideas
Your staff may want to feel involved in the business and offer their ideas for the company. Showing your staff that you want to listen to their ideas will make them feel important in their role with the company. Your team has great ideas and it’s important to take the time to acknowledge them and consider them in your company’s business plans. Listen to their ideas because they have unique sets of experiences and perspectives. Don’t always stick to protocol; keep up with new ideas that may create positive change in your company’s success.
If you are going to take ideas from the staff, make sure you trust them enough to consider their ideas. How do you trust your staff? It’s a hard thing to start doing in your office but there are little ways to show trust to your staff. Your team is made of adults that are competent and responsible, so you don’t need to treat them like kids that shouldn’t have an opinion.
Start giving out responsibilities that you were afraid to delegate before. Allow team members to make suggestions on when meetings should happen and allow communication about office policies to gain a majority perspective on different items.
When you make work a little more fun, you’ll find that people stay engaged and enjoy their job. Make work a fun place to arrive to each morning with party planning, casual Fridays and free coffee. Plan football parties or staff meetings where you can pull out the margarita maker. Invite storytelling and spontaneity to keep the group connecting on a social level in order to work better as a team.
Make Good Hiring Decisions
Sometimes your biggest problem for creating a positive work environment is that you’re not hiring the right people. The people you choose will impact your office’s environment so be sure to choose people that enjoy working with a team, maintaining professionalism and will contribute to the positivity. This may require you to let go of the toxic team members, because one bad apple can spoil the bunch.
Decorate the Office to Feel more Positive
From well-lit offices to well-decorated spaces, this can all affect the positivity in the office. Make it attractive, clean, colorful and add comfortable furniture. Provide nice amenities, like a kitchen for lunch breaks and a space to go for breaks. This could be an an outdoor garden or a room with a television.
Try these ideas to increase the positive vibes in your office, and watch as your staff becomes more productive.