Maintaining a stellar company culture is essential to business success, and the foundation of building one is by creating a positive working environment. Here are three ways to start creating a positive working environment in your office today.
Promote Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance is now one of the strongest predictors of happiness, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report, but it can be especially challenging to achieve with technology making us always accessible.
More than half of Americans are dissatisfied with their work due to a lack of work-life balance, with many reveal feeling overworked, underappreciated, and with little control over their personal schedules as the culprit.
The quickest way to remedy a lack of work-life balance is to institute flexible work options, including telecommuting and flexible working hours. And employees with flexible work options have been shown to have less stress, better mental and physical health, better sleep, and more, leading to enhanced productivity and positivity in your office.
Poor communication is the catalyst for office gossip and a negative work environment. Ensure important company memos are clearly written and distributed in multiple channels so employees are sure to see them.
Along with clarity and transparency, build trust in your communication. Nearly one in three employees don’t trust their employer, meaning they are less likely to come forward with problems and challenges. This leads to disgruntled employees and a decrease in productivity.
Provide positive feedback
It can be easy to point out flaws in projects or where improvements can be made, but the constant criticism can lead to low morale. When providing feedback, always point out where employees went right. This increases their sense of worth, encourages good behavior, and increases morale.
These three simple yet important tips are sure to build a positive working environment in your office, making it possible to absolutely love going to work.
Meg is a dreamer, entrepreneur, and homesteader based in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. She loves her cats, feasting, and road trips in her green VW Bug.