First, let’s start by looking at WHY companies should be striving to reach a healthy workplace environment for their employees. The simple answer, and one that is backed by research that can be found here, is that the culture within a workplace is a key driving factor when looking at performance. In other words, those companies who have successfully built a healthy environment, gain a higher and more effective work rate from their employees. So, if you own a company or employ any number of individuals and are wondering how to draw the best out of them, start by looking at the environment you are placing them in.
There are numerous factors that can positively affect the environment of a workplace and the good news is that there are easy changes that can be made and systems that can be adopted to create that positive, healthy environment.
Research shows that different people work for many of the same reasons and that companies who wish to draw the most motivation, efficiency and loyalty out of their employees should be putting emphasis on the following:
- Purpose – every member of staff should feel as though they have a purpose, a contribution to a greater good. Enabling individuals to see why they are working will encourage them to analyse how they are working and will in turn produce better productivity. People will value what they do if they can see the impact it is having.
- Play – this is the idea that employees do their job because they love it, they get a sense of enjoyment out of it and the way to produce this is by allowing the work itself to motivate individuals.
- Progression – this encompasses the idea to ensure an employee can see that there is potential to benefit from the outcome of their work. It is a big motivation to individuals if you can show them the stages of progression ahead of them, should they do a good job.
- Inclusion – as an employer you should aim to create an inclusive environment, encourage your staff to voice their opinion and demonstrate that their view matters and is regularly taken into consideration.
- Authenticity – everyone is different, and each individual could bring something unique to the table if given the opportunity to express themselves.
- Good Practice – this starts from the top of the company and works its way down. If you as an employer can demonstrate a good work-life balance it will encourage your employees to follow suit. You should aim to show an understanding that everyone has a life away from the office, set a rigid rota, set times to get out of the office for a walk and not send emails late at night.
- Opportunity – provide employees with the opportunity to do something for themselves, for example encourage them take part in company events, team socialising, health and well-being activities, exercise etc.
- Knowledge – provide an occasion for staff to take part in learning activities such as health and well-being workshops, allow them to understand how to become happier at work. This will enable them to become more productive and more effective in their job role.
The most important factor for companies is to demonstrate that they support their employees in all the points we have discussed above. Support is the ultimate key to a healthy workplace environment and is so simple and easy to provide.
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