Recent research has found that an unhappy workplace produces negative output and increased abseentism. So, how do you bring smiles to the workplace?
WELCOME YOUR TEAM.
Believe it or not, a simple hello can be really helpful in the office! As team members arrive, welcome them and extend this to regularly querying how workers are during the day. It will make staff feel valued and boost self-esteem.
HAVE SOCIAL SPACES IN THE OFFICE.
Remember the days of the tea lady popping by with coffee and snacks? Sadly, that was left in the 80s! But, the premise that a mid-morning or late-afternoon bevie relaxes the workplace and in turn increased output is still important today. No, I am not talking about a galley kitchen with a microwave and a kettle! I'm talking about an area where workers can catch-up and socialise at break-times. Encourage team members to have a break and use the are.
LEAVE WORK IN THE OFFICE.
Try to discourage where possible working outside of office hours, at weekends and in the evenings. In the social space show interest in lives outside the office - but don't become nosey!
In meetings try not to overdo flow-charts and technical jargon - your staff members will only fall asleep! Make language clear and avoid meetings that are not necessary.
MAKE STAFF FEEL PART OF THE BIGGER BUSINESS.
Publish a monthly news letter for staff to read; they will feel valued, understand the business more and have a sense of belonging or association with the company.
ENCOURAGE FACE-TO-FACE COMMUNICATION RATHER THAN EMAIL OR INSTANT MESSAGING.
Email contact or instant messaging can isolate people in 9-5 jobs and reduce regular contact. Through regular face-to-face communication staff members will feel more confident and relaxed about the work they do.
USE RELAXATION STRATEGIES.
I am not talking about a trip to the spa! What I mean is having a relaxed Friday where staff can come in casual clothes or a regular lunch get-together.
HAVE PLANTS IN THE OFFICE.
Bring the outside in! The plants will improve team members mood and will have a claming effect.
Have a gym on-site or offer mindulness sessions or yoga classes. It will ease stress and will activate feel-good endorphins which could increase output.
DON'T CLOSE YOUR DOOR
Closing your office door creates a barrier. Promote openess and encouragement through keeping the door to your office open as staff members will feel they can turn to you if there is a problem.
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