The most successful organisation tend to be the ones with the happiest employees. This is because employees who are happy are more motivated, productive, and creative and will often go the extra mile, not because they have to, but because they want to. Happy employees are also more likely to stay with a company, which reduces costly turnover, take less sick days and make less mistakes.
Read on to hear how to create an amazing work environment that produces happy and motivated employees.
One: Great People
Your staff are what really make up your organisation. A successful organisation doesn’t happen the careful hiring of great people. Having an effective retention and attraction strategy will help you to hold onto your strongest team players and recruit new ones as your company grows and develops.
Communication is one of the most important aspects of a business. Cultivating excellent communication is within the reach of every organisation. Ensure that your workspace is designed to help your people communicate and collaborate effectively, things like a soundproof meeting pod can reduce noise and distractions so people are happier communicating and are more productive.
Also schedule regular check ins with your employees where they can voice concerns and provide feedback.
Three: Flexible Working
People are now looking for more than wages and employee perks. Flexible working, both in terms of location and time spent in the office is a growing trend and it can also benefit your organisation. Allowing employees to have a flexible approach to their work-life balance helps them to work more effectively and gain better results for your organisation.
Four: Make it Fun
Having fun at work is essential to keeping your employees motivated, creative, and bonded as a team. It can and should be part of every work day, even for teams that are hybrid or remote. Small things like celebrating employee Birthdays, organising regular team building exercises, fun ice breakers and joke telling can really help people enjoy and look forward to coming into work. Looking for some joke inspiration? Try reading up on the best chicken jokes.
Five : Create a clean and comfortable office space.
A clean and comfortable home can make you feel more relaxed and calm and the same is true for office space. Try to create a space that is clear of clutter and broken equipment, mend flickering lights and ensure air con and heating are all working.
Six: Have an open-door policy for team members.
Employees feels higher job satisfaction and are more likely to stay with an organisation when they feel listened to and appreciated. Ensure that employees have the opportunity to raise and discuss concerns with management. It is also helpful to ensure there is transparency between managers and workers because conflicts often surface when employees feel left out of the loop or like they haven’t been considered in the decision making process. Make it known that management are always available for questions, comments, and concerns.
Seven: Prioritise Training and induction
An employees introduction to a company is crucial to creating a positive work environment. Help employees through the awkward induction stage to help them understand their role and how the company operates.
You can include some of the below in the training process to help employees feel welcomed and comfortable
- Create a buddy system or assign mentors
- Share clear expectations around behavioural standards and performance expectations from the beginning
- Ask for feedback on the induction experience
- Educate new employees on workplace safety and codes of conduct
- Ensure they know their way around the office including where they can find stationery and break rooms
- Train them on all electronic systems