Workplace condition is essential for boosting employee morale and productivity. A healthy work environment is conducive for developing brilliant ideas, creating progress, achieving success, and keeping employees happy and engaged.
It’s the employer’s duty to constantly come up with ways to keep the workplace positive and healthy. They must create the ideal physical, psychological, and social workplace condition to give the workplace a boost.
1) Maintain a Healthy Physical Environment
Employees need to be healthy in order to be productive, and a dirty, pest-ridden workplace is not conducive to that. Offices are usually closed working space with barely any fresh air. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses can circulate and infect employees if left alone to develop. To prevent this, daily cleaning, weekly deep cleansing, and regular pest control must be implemented in the office.
Aside from that, employers should provide a free annual medical checkup, health insurance, and fitness and mindfulness programs to ensure that employees have a sound mind and body. Ensure that employees are free from contagious and debilitating diseases and pass their blood drug tests and laboratory exams.
It’s the employer’s responsibility to take care of their employees and make them feel safe in their environment. Only then can they comfortably do their best.
2) Give Regular Feedback
Feedback sessions are the venue for listening. Yes, it’s important to evaluate employees and relay their strengths and opportunities, but it’s even more crucial to learn about their goals and assess their needs.
A good manager’s knowledge of their employees is not limited to what’s in their résumé. Good managers are familiar with their employees’ working styles, goals, motivations, temperament, and personality—details you don’t get from a two-page CV. They learn these by actually interacting and working together with their employees and through regular feedbacking.
3) Reward Achievements
Recognition plays a key role in improving employee morale and performance. This is because most people crave to be respected and acknowledged especially for things that they’ve worked hard to achieve. When a person’s good effort is ignored or devalued, they lose confidence in themselves, feel miserable, and resent the situation.
An employee who is made to feel unappreciated will gradually disengage from their work until they’re pushed to their limits and quit their job altogether. Being recognized and rewarded for a job well done builds confidence and empowers employees to continue exceeding expectations.
4) Organize Social Activities
Social activities break the monotony of ordinary workdays. They also create the chance for different teams to interact. Miscommunication is one of the primary causes of many problems in the office.
When people don’t know each other, they can’t properly interpret each other’s tone, gestures, facial expressions, word usage, and other methods of communication. This can lead to misunderstandings, which, in turn, can snowball into bigger conflicts.
Letting different teams interact fosters a collaborative culture where different groups can rely on one another for support and approval. Moreover, it builds closer relationships among employees, as well as the organization. A closer relationship means increased engagement and satisfaction at work.
5) Set Up a Comfortable Work Space
Good lighting is invaluable in the office. It creates the right atmosphere for ideas to develop, and it’s healthier for the eyes. Good lighting can also help stave off sleepiness, tiredness, and to a degree, unhappiness. It’s a prerequisite to a comfortable workspace.
Employees sit down for an average of six hours a day, thirty hours a week. All that sitting down strains the neck, back, and hips. It can also lead to more serious problems, organ damage, muscle degeneration, and weight gain, to name a few.
Aside from taking a walk or standing periodically, sitting on ergonomic chairs can help minimize the negative effects of sitting all day. When employees are comfortable in their workspace, they can generate good ideas, work better, and think more positively.
Adding plants and artworks can also help stimulate the mind, as well as relax it when needed.
A good remuneration package will attract talented employees, but it won’t keep them when the workplace turns toxic. To prevent high turnover rates and employee disengagement, employers must constantly assess and meet employee needs.
Employees must create a healthy and comfortable environment where employees can confidently share their ideas, take initiative, and test their potential.