A good work environment can help you and your coworkers to be more productive. Having a comfortable work environment physically, emotionally, and environmentally motivates people to work harder and smarter, to get things done and done right.
Knowing how to create a great, healthy work environment is productive for everyone. Businesses need to create healthy work environments to attract talent, retain their current employees, lower absenteeism, and boost employee confidence and morale.
Creating a healthy and stress-free environment in the office setting is critical to getting work done in a timely manner and done well.
Create a Comfortable Space
When people work closely together, they also need personal space. It’s important to create an environment that is the right balance of being able to interact with people while having privacy.
Everyone needs to have a place where they can work and access the equipment they need. Furthermore, it’s essential to have a working space where you can all collaborate as a team.
Balancing these spatial needs is an issue that needs to be addressed at the office level where you and your team members can reach a consensus about using your office environment.
Recognize and Reward
Recognizing the efforts of your team is important. To keep your team motivated, offer rewards for project milestones. Projects can become tedious or lag as the work lingers on.
Setting milestones for projects with incentives can help your team meet short-term goals in pursuit of the big goal. Rewards don’t have to be expensive or showy.
Sending your team progress reports with congratulations on reaching the milestone and telling them how great they are doing can boost morale.
On the other hand, try not to make incentives a competition between individuals. Encourage the team to work as a unit to reach a common goal. A treat at the end of the project, such as inviting your team to lunch or coffee, is a great reward for their hard work but any treat shouldn’t be used in a punitive manner as a negative incentive.
Promote Positive Communication
It’s not enough to have communication: you need good and positive communication in the workplace. Communication in a team is essential to an efficient working environment.
Promote communication between you and your coworkers by having an open-door policy that emphasizes honest communication from management on down through the organization.
This communication style promotes worker trust and makes it easier for new and innovative ideas to be heard in the workplace. The idea is to encourage employee and management contributions from all departments of the business.
Promote Workplace Wellness
Last, but equally important to an office environment, is physical wellness. Encouraging your employees to practice healthy habits at work is essential to have a healthy workforce.
Try establishing wellness programs such as providing reimbursements for gym memberships or offering onsite flu shots during flu season.
The physical environment of the office can contribute to employee health too. For example, having regular maintenance on an HVAC unit by a professional can help keep the air clean in your office, promoting health and greater productivity.
Try these four strategies for creating a healthy working environment and experience the rewards.