The most successful companies do tend to be the ones that have the employees that rank as the happiest. And the reason why that is, is because the employees that a business has are going to be the backbone of the business, out there doing what it takes everyday, to help the business to grow. Employees that are happy and motivated, are going to be productive, and more creative, often going the extra mile in the business, which is so important to help things to grow. This can also help to reduce costs of the business too, as often things will get done right the first time, and you are likely to have a team that want to stick with you, rather than you having lots of costs of recruiting. Happier employees and ones that enjoy coming to work are also really less likely to call in sick, meaning saved costs again, and a business that can keep growing.
A happy workplace is not something that just happens, though. It happens as a result of some changes that you can make and implement, to make sure that it does help to create a positive and harmonious work environment. So with that in mind, here are some of the things that you can start doing right away, that will help to create a much better office environment.
As any photographer will tell you, natural lights is way better. And not only does natural lighting look much better, but there is a really strong connection when it comes to working, between natural light and happier employees. The reason? Natural light in the workplace can have an impact on the team’s quality of sleep and their energy levels. And when you have a team that is better rested, it helps to put them in a much better mindset than before, and will help them to be healthier overall.
Clean and Comfortable
It doesn’t take much to know that when you are working or even living in a place that is comfortable, clean, and pleasant, you will feel much better. This is something that is also true about the work environment that you create for your team. So if there are broken windows, broken chairs, and lots of dust around, it is time to do something about it all. Flickering lights can be a pain, as well as dirty floors. So take steps to correct all of those things, like getting better cleaners in, repair people, or even getting in better equipment to get the job done, like the right tools to help you to do some stone floor cleaning or carpet cleaning. You could also think about getting some ergonomic furniture to make the place for comfortable, as well as plants, a break area, and quality drinks and snacks. This will help the team in a positive way as they will appreciate these small but great changes, and will help their overall happiness too.
Introduce Wellness Initiatives
If you want to improve the wellness of your employees, then think about implementing some new and fun ways to do things, that will purposely increase the happiness of your team. So for instance, how about having a reward for the member of the team that walks to work the most, or does the most walking around the office, if you give them all step counters, for example. You could bring in fresh fruit or veggies as snacks for them, all free of charge. Or how about getting in touch with a local gym or leisure center to get a discount for memberships for your team? You could even bring in a ‘bring your dog to work’ day once a month, for example, as a way to do something fun.
Don’t Overload Your Employees
As a business owner, you need to be realistic about the amount of work that you do and the amount that each person can handle. If there is too much to be doing, it can cause a lot of stress, and also means that your team can’t work as effectively as possible; you don’t want them to lead to burnout as it will mean that they will want to stop working with you. You need to keep your team as productive as possible, and when someone works excessive hours, such as over fifty hours a week, the productivity is going to be so low, that it kind of defeats the object. So it is really important to be realistic about the work that your team can handle. If you need more people or need to outsource, then it can be worth the money now, rather than meaning having to spend on recruiting later down the line.