Are you struggling with employee dissatisfaction and a high turnover rate? The problem is likely to grow worse until you address your workplace culture. But how do you create a positive atmosphere at the office? In this article, we’ll share five strategies to transform your workplace into a more engaging and satisfying place for your team.
1. Align Everything With Your Purpose
Communicate a clearly defined purpose for your business, outlining the company’s mission, strategy, and values. Your purpose should be lofty. It should lift employees out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. It should give them a reason to want to get out of bed in the morning and show up at their desk.
Once you have your purpose, commit to surrounding yourself only with people who buy into that purpose. So, when hiring, choose only those candidates captivated by your company’s purpose. Hire only employees who can see themselves working enthusiastically in line with that purpose.
Occasionally, an employee will become dissatisfied and less interested. Address the situation immediately. Perhaps it’s a health issue, personal matter, or professional challenge. Whatever the case, make sure the person receives the assistance they need. If you leave the matter unattended, their lack of enthusiasm can infect co-workers.
2. Get Personable With Your Staff
Get to know your employees. And let them get to know you. One-on-one meetings can be excellent if you’re well-prepared. You must also be a superb listener, allowing the other person to share in the conversation.
Develop a mentor-mentee atmosphere. You and your managers should be generous with your knowledge.
Appoint only managers who want to see employees succeed. Avoid elevating managers who compete with employees and are afraid that talented workers could take their positions.
3. Promote Positivity
One of the frequent complaints of a toxic work culture is degrading speech and conduct. Establish zero-tolerance policies for such behavior as sexual harassment and hate speech. Instead, create a positive workplace environment.
What’s the reaction of your employees when you call them to your office? If it’s primarily fear and anxiety, you likely need to develop a more encouraging tone for your office culture.
Employees shouldn’t see you primarily as a disciplinarian. They shouldn’t immediately think they’re in trouble if you want to speak to them.
You want to have a workplace where people feel free to fail. They know their efforts will be met with applause and their mistakes with gentle correction.
4. Allow Space for Creativity
How much room do you give project teams? Do you oversee every small decision they make? If you want teams to create something original, give them a license to experiment without you looking over their shoulder.
The situation is similar to parents who insist on intruding on every aspect of their children’s lives. But children are likely to be far more creative if allowed some free time alone in the backyard making up their own games with their own rules. The same goes for your team.
5. Set an Example With Honest Communication
Always be honest with your staff. If the business has hit a rough patch, let your employees know. They will respect you more for your honesty.
On the other hand, remaining quiet or being deceitful could negatively impact employee happiness. Rumors that are worse than reality will circulate quickly.
Then company productivity could drop. And employees could begin spending less time on their work assignments and more time looking for new jobs.
Create a Comfortable Workplace Culture
Don’t forget comfort when you’re improving your workplace culture. Happy employees need comfortable office chairs, desks, and equipment that will help keep that smile on their faces.
Workspace Solutions can help address your needs and make suggestions for building a physical workplace where your staff can work in comfort. Get your workplace improvement plan underway now by contacting us today.