• Vincent Trefethen

Creating A Healthy Work Environment

Business owners know that a workspace is a vital key for a business’ success. We are all aware the pressure the personnel endure every day in the office so it is important to create a healthy workspace atmosphere to maintain a positive outcome in a stressful environment. By all means, it should provide comfort and ease for the employees to ensure that they are motivated to perform their daily tasks, and go beyond the mile if they are driven enough to achieve the business’ goals and mission.

Just imagine handling tasks and work every day but the company does nothing to inspire the employees to do more. Instead of creating ways to ease the employees’ discomfort, all the company does is put more and more strain to the subordinates by giving piles and piles of work without thinking about their how the employees would feel, choking them in any way possible (possibly yell at them for small mistakes created), making them hard to breathe and feel like prisoners inside the building. Do you think this motion will result into productivity? Definitely not!

Now how do companies create a healthy work environment? It might sound simple but it’s not as easy it looks. It’s a bit complicated but we do have some tips that contributes to a good work setting.

Create a Comfortable Space

Teams need to work closely with projects assigned to them but working too closely to each other and having too little space can be tragic and create discomfort between team members. It is necessary for each member to have a space of their own, not too big but not too small – just the right size for them to work closely with other members but enough to give them their own individual space so they can relax and have time to think of bright ideas that could help the team and so they can move easily to complete their tasks.

Good Communication

Communication is one of the most essential life skills. It allows us to pass information from one person to another. It comes in different forms, may it be vocally (uses voice), written (through written or printed texts, magazines, books, newspapers, memorandum, websites, emails, chat messages, etc.), visually (using charts, graphs, pictures, or non-verbally (using gestures, body language,etc.). Most of the time, it is a combination of any of these types which makes communication easier and more understandable. Good communication is an important tool in achieving productivity and maintaining strong working relationships at all levels of an organization.

Good communication is important in the workplace because it avoids confusion between the higher management and its subordinates, it provides the purpose of their work, it builds trust and accountability. Employees can experience an increase in productivity and commitment if they are able to communicate up and down the communication chain in an organization.

Build Trust

Trust is one of major pillars in a business as it provides a sense of safety between the employees and the business owners. When the team members feel safe with one another, they feel comfortable and be able to open up any ideas they would like to share in the group and share interests which is essential as this creates innovation, creative thinking and productivity.

The Neuroscience of Trust , an article in Harvard Business Review published by Paul J. Zak, states that:

“Trust matters. A lot. Analysis of this dataset showed that if a company moved up one quartile in organizational trust, the average employee would produce an additional $10,185 in revenue. Every year. “

“Trust is not something that magically arises in companies. Rather, it is a strategic asset that can be measured and managed for high performance. “

Based on Zak’s findings, those who work with high trust has 106% more energy at work, 76% more engaged, and said they were 50% more productive compared to those who work in low-trust companies.

Rewards and Recognition

One way to keep the impetus going is to recognize the team’s good work and reward them. As the saying goes, “people will always work harder when they know they are appreciated,” and this is definitely case. Recognition can vary from sending them an email and congratulate them within the team to having a monthly program and recognizing the top employees of the month. Rewards also doesn’t have to cost much. It could vary from a coffee treat or a lunch treat to giving them incentives. Say for example the company requires overtime and for four hours overtime, there will be an equivalent free lunch stab for each employee who deserved it or giving them monetary incentives as a reward for hitting the goals or for doing more than expected. Rewarding the employees in an organization spurs people to work harder and be more productive in the work environment.

As more and more Millennials and Gen Z enter the workforce, reward system should be given even more importance. In order to attract these two generations to the workplace which would definitely make up most of the workforce, companies should be thinking about good ways of delivering rewards and recognition to their employees. It can be a quite tricky because millennials are driven by appreciation rather than monetary rewards while Gen Z value financial reward so it has to be a combination of both.

Promote Wellness

As we all know, people spend most of their time in the workplace and work could lead to stress which commonly leads to poor health habits that could result into back pain, headaches, obesity, dizziness, depression, chronic diseases and other diseases commonly acquired in the work environment. Companies need to find ways to help the employees follow a healthy lifestyle. Promoting a health or wellness program in the workplace is an effective way to benefit both the employer and employee, because, it creates a more dynamic and efficient work environment. An employee with a sound mind and a sound body are more effective in the organization thus giving productive results which means more revenue for the company. After all, health is wealth.

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