How to ensure a healthy work environment for you as a leader and your co-workers!
Good salaries, perks, vacation time, flexible working schedule—companies pull out all the stops to lure in the best employees.
However, all of this will be naught if the company does not have an optimal working environment. A recent study by Robert Half International found that the work environment is one of the most crucial factors in employee satisfaction.
In fact, it is one of the most important elements in motivating and engaging employees. A negative work environment can take its toll on the health and well-being of the employee and could even lead to problems such as heart ailments, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.
A happy employee is also a productive employee. The challenge is not only to build an environment where employees feel happy, encouraged and accepted, but also the leaders. Here are some of the key aspects that will help in creating a stress-free work environment.
Honesty and Trust are one of the most overlooked attributes at a workplace. It is a characteristic that builds respect and loyalty as well as a supportive and safe work environment.
One of the biggest problems today is that most companies overpromise and under deliver. Such distrust can increase tension and encourage ‘on guard’ behavior, which can erode the team spirit. Have a mutually beneficial attitude and entrust team members with important decisions.
Leaders should listen to others’ ideas with an open mind and be consistent in their words and behavior.
Effective verbal and non-verbal communication helps with workplace diversity as they help to reduce language and cultural barriers.
Constant communication helps to build highly efficient teams as they ensure that the team feels connected, while allowing team leaders to keep an open door policy.
Effective communication helps to reduce competition between different departments and help employees work together harmoniously. It also is instrumental in keeping up employee morale.
Flexibility and mobility are two key factors that form the backbone of a healthy workplace. At least 1 in 4 employees experience some form of conflict between their work life and family life.
According to a study conducted by SHRM, 87% of employees said flexibility in their next job was either important or very important. Workplace flexibility allows leaders to expand their talent base irrespective of their location, while increasing their loyalty and morale.
Today, it is viewed as a strategic move rather than an employee benefit. Truly engaged employees are always open to inspiration and insight.
Like Virgin Founder Richard Branson says, “Give your people the freedom to be independent and your business will reap the rewards.”
Offer Rewards, incentives & recognition:
Financial incentives such as bonuses and perks are a good way to let your employees that their hard work and dedication is much appreciated.
They should recognize two types of employee activity—performance and behavior. While rewarding behaviors is more challenging than performance, recognition and appreciation are good tools to keeping a healthy workplace.
Recognizing good behavior leaves a lasting impression on the employee, while also painting the leader in a positive light.