Create a Healthy Work Environment: Boost Employees Productivity
Your team works hard all year cooped up in cubicles staring at computer screens running from meeting to meeting over time.
The everyday stress smog and traffic builds to a boiling point resulting in a negative work environment.
And unhappy disengaged employees this engaged employees have 37% higher absenteeism 60% more errors and defects.
The reduction of 18 per cent in productivity. Then how can your company refresh a toxic work atmosphere?
And creating a healthy work environment. So, let’s understand the healthy work environment.
WHAT’S IN IT
What is a Healthy Work Environment
Creating a positive corporate culture is no longer. A nice-to-have it’s a mandatory business strategy.
The companies with a plan to develop healthy work cultures see improvements in recruiting and retaining,
- Top Talent
- Leadership Development
- Sales Productivity
Global has developed four keys to a positive corporate culture.
Those are the foundation of all successful and positive workplace environments.
These principles are based on millions of employee surveys, thousands of Glassdoor reviews, hundreds of business journal articles, and dozens of academic papers.
The first key to developing a positive culture is creating an environment, where Employees are
1. Feeling Valued:
The biggest complaint from employees is that they don’t feel valued by their supervisor or the company as compared to previous generations.
Millennials are more driven by how work makes them feel and if they don’t feel valued. Then they are much more likely to leave their jobs investing in process and product have long been norms.
But investing in people not so much a simple acknowledgement of a job well done can make a big difference.
To a disengaged employee make a point to recognize a small win or a little extra effort.
2. Feeling Connected:
Employees tend to isolate in silos based on team function and location. Despite our desire to connect with colleagues.
We often have only enough time to connect with those. So, we are working with directly invite someone in a different department.
To lunch have cross-functional updates talk to someone in person have a company happy hour or even have a job swap day.
These easy solutions will increase a sense of connection to the larger team growth.
The level of appreciation for other groups and generally increase overall communication.
3. Feeling a Sense Of Contribution:
Employees often don’t feel that their individual contributions make a difference to the company.
Often goals and missions are communicated well at the senior levels of an organization. But less well or not at all further down.
Organization as company sizes have grown specialization has increased. And the focus has shifted to speed many companies haven’t communicated.
The importance of each employees contribution to the organization as a whole to help employees feel like,
They’re contributing communicate goals and mission to everyone in the organization. Choose three or four goals that are simple to understand broad in scope.
And focused on more than just financials then communicate them to everyone in the organization. Make the goals consistently visible and frequently.
Mentioned in newsletter team calls or emails from senior leadership. Next, ask each employee to think about how his or her job supports at least one of the goals.
4. Feeling Growth:
Growth is a basic psychological need.
We want to be challenged to learn and to problem-solve but growth cannot happen in an environment.
That doesn’t tolerate mistakes and with the intense pressure often placed on short-term results taking the time.
To focus on learning innovation or even collaboration often takes a backseat additionally. The traditional method for employees.
Growth training is flawed how many times have you been to training and committed to implementing it.
Some of the suggestions into your daily routine only to find yourself right back in your same old habits just days.
After training regardless of how good the training is if we don’t have a simple way to reinforce the learnings and actually, practice the new behaviour in our daily life.
We forget to have a daily weekly or monthly challenge that involves adding one new action into your team’s routine.
Focusing on one thing at a time feels doable and empowering will prevent employees from feeling overwhelmed.
You can turn the challenge into a game by a keeping score of how many days each person put that action into practice.
This is a great use of friendly competition and makes professional growth fun.
Ways to Create a Healthy Work Environment
Here are 4 small changes around the workspace that will have a huge impact in the long run.
1. Offer a Daily or Weekly Snack:
The afternoon dip often causes employees to resort to unhealthy snacking.
Now while the occasional sugary or salty snack doesn’t hurt anyone.
Overindulgence does have a negative impact on the overall health of your employees.
Offering fresh fruits can help employees make small dietary changes that will improve their overall health.
And well-being which will ultimately boost their concentration at work.
2. Encourage Physical Activity:
You probably don’t have time to plan activities for your team. But that doesn’t mean you can’t encourage them.
Make sure your employees know that you value physical activity by encouraging them.
To take a mid-day break to attend a yoga class head to the gym or go for a walk.
Provide a safe space where employees can discuss and organize activities on a regular basis.
Not only are these activities good for their health but they’re also great for team-building studies.
Show that time away from your desk fresh air and activity is proven to boost concentration, improve motivation and contribute to positive mental health.
3. Provide a Comfortable Working Space:
Many companies make the mistake of underestimating the effects that the workspace environment has on employee satisfaction.
So recent lighting and poor ventilation can cause headaches among other health issues to provide your staff.
With the best working conditions possible ensure the working environment has the right air circulation and lighting system an inexpensive and easy improvement to make is incorporating pods into the workspace.
They not only add a splash of colour to life but they improve the air quality too.
4. Build Connections:
The best way to stimulate a healthy work environment is by building a foundation of trust encouragement and honesty.
Employees spend a considerable amount of time at work which means that inevitably from time to time.
Situations in their personal life may interfere with their work showing compassion and support.
Your employees can help them deal with their emotions in a healthier way. The more an employee feels emotional support at work.
Ultimately the better they will perform in their job. Now, we’re not saying that you should be the workplace counsellor.
But should consider providing access to services that can support your employees during times of emotional stress.
In conclusion, there are four keys to a positive corporate culture. It all comes down to creating a healthy work environment. Where employees Feel
- Feeling a Sense Of Contribution.
- Four Feeling Growth
For more on creating a positive work culture and lasting employee engagement.
As well as simple trackable ways to implement changes that make a difference for your culture and there you have four simple ways to create a healthy workspace environment.
Now, you may be thinking. What if I can only implement one or two of these things mentioned above.
If you aren’t sure which improvements your company should adopt.
Then certainly it will be worth creating a short employee satisfaction survey where employees are asked to rate a list of items from 1 to 10.
How much they value each in the workspace. This will provide insight into which improvements your company should prioritize.
Last but not least if you’re finding it difficult to make time to focus on your employees then probably a good idea to reach out.
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