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Keep Your Employees Happy: How to Cultivate a Positive Atmosphere at the Office

 

Developing a positive atmosphere in the office is important for everyone. A positive atmosphere will encourage your employees to feel good about coming into work and they will respect you more if they feel they are being treated with respect too. Your employees are more likely to be engaged in their work and care about what they do and the company if they are treated fairly. An easy way to do this is make sure that the workplace feels a positive place to be. If you want to improve your workplace, here are some tips you can follow:

 

1)  Breaks are Important

Employees need to take breaks from sitting at their desks and breaks have been proven to reset focus and improve productivity. The break room should offer all the amenities they may need including drinking water, a fridge and a microwave. Another thing that every break room needs, is of course, a coffee machine. You might need help with deciding what commercial level machine to choose as you need one that can cope with a busy workplace and heavy-use.

 

2)  Make Work Fulfilling

Whilst work for many people can be a monotonous series of tasks that must be completed to pay the bills, that doesn’t have to be the case for everyone. If you can make the work feel more fulfilling and bring in a greater sense of achievement, work can be much more easily enjoyed. You should make sure it is clear why the work your employees are doing matters, what they are achieving, and what the company stands for. Another way to introduce this sense of fulfilment is by supporting charities, which will make the hard work even more meaningful.

 

3)  Praise and Recognition

Whilst it is important to pick up on mistakes, you should also pay attention to things that warrant praise not just criticism. Recognition is a great way to boost positivity, as employees will feel good about their hard work if they feel it has been noticed, so try to notice when an employee has achieved something or has put in the extra effort.

 

4)  Set Team Goals and Rewards

Targets and deadlines always come with feelings of unease and tension, and whilst they are important, imminent deadlines can feel like pressure. If you want to speed up workflow and make the deadlines feel more like positive targets, you need to market them more effectively. Team goals, with rewards upon completion, will instantly appeal to the natural competitive side of people and feel more fun and exciting.

 

5)  Listen and Engage

One tip all employers should follow is the ability to listen to their employees and engage with them. Whilst being a leader means your employees should respect you and that you hold authority, it should be respect and not fear. Greet your employees and treat them fairly. Listen to your employees, their complaints and their requests. Showing you care is a great way to boost positivity and gain respect.

 

6)   Casual Friday

A great way to make employees more comfortable and to end their week of hard work on a positive note is to introduce a more casual dress code on Fridays. It adds a fun twist to each week and can actually help bring people together. Seeing your colleagues in casual clothes makes the environment feel more friendly, plus it feels great to ditch the shirt and tie for a day!

There are of course plenty more ways you can boost positivity, but hopefully, this list has given you a good place to start. Wellbeing is an important thing and everyone’s wellbeing can benefit from a more positive work environment.

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