Does your company seem a bit lackluster at the moment? Are your employees struggling? Take some time to reflect on the environment. Their actions and demeanor might be a reflection of the atmosphere. Create a positive, supportive business where people want to come each day.
Have an Upbeat Setting
People respond to what is around them. Is the office drab and outdated? If so, workers could be impacted by it. Know where to buy office furniture that is affordable and appealing. Consider comfort, color and function. Designing the area to stimulate cheer might improve productivity and mood.
Work on Team Building
Don’t just see your employees as individuals. Also, think of them as a group. Remember high school? You sat in a class with strangers. If you never bonded, that class probably meant very little. What about the teacher who created a familiar, encouraging environment? What about the class that helped you connect with others? It provided additional buy-in. The extra motivation was important. More likely, projects had more effort. Classwork was probably prepared better. Caring matters. Create that atmosphere for your employees. Consider team building. Try booking time in an escape room. This allows for critical thinking and team effort. Go to a movie together. Yes, leaving the office for something fun may just increase effort when they return. Cater a meal once a week. No dining at computers allowed. Give people time to decompress and share personal stories. Eating is a bonding activity. The term work doesn’t have to be synonymous with drudgery.
Don’t let employees struggle. Be in the building. Check in on their work. Praise their strengths. Support them when they need help. This could mean offering additional training or establishing mentor programs. Appreciate their hard work, and help them succeed.
Working hard is important. While paychecks certainly motivate, other factors can also influence productivity. Remember the atmosphere. Design a place that others desire.