Creating a Workplace Your Staff Will Love
There’s no single thing that will ensure business success. But there are a few things that will make it much more likely that the company will fail. Take the happiness levels of the staff, for example. If a team is happy, then they’ll work harder and be much more likely to deliver their best work, which will have an obviously positive impact on the business. If they’re not happy, then staff turnover will be high, there could be tensions, the customer experience won’t be as good as it could be, and other issues.
There are many factors that contribute to staff happiness. One of the most influential elements is the workplace. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few changes that companies can make that will make it more likely that employees will enjoy coming to work.
Easy to Access
Nobody wants to spend any longer than necessary traveling to and from work. If your business is located out of the way, then it’ll be more likely that your team is tired and stressed. Sometimes, there’s no element of choice: your business has to be located where it is. But if you’re running an office, then there’s some flexibility. If you can move somewhere that’s more easily accessible, then go for it! If not, then you could allow your team to work from home a couple of days a week.
Clean, Bright, Spacious
Our surroundings have a big influence on our happiness. If a place is dirty, cluttered, and dark, then it’ll be more likely that our mood is like that, too. So make sure that it’s not. Creating a clean, bright, and spacious environment is easy; it just takes time. To keep the place looking spotless, look at hiring a commercial cleaning company to do the job for you. For brightness, you can change the lighting and let in more natural light. For spaciousness, it’s about thinking about every item that’s there and making sure that anything that can be stored elsewhere is moved away.
People like to feel like they’re making a contribution to their environment. To do this, you can allow — even encourage — your employees to add their own custom touches and flair to their offices and workspaces. They’ll be a lot happier if they have some plants, photos of family, the chair and desk of their preference, and so on. You can even give them a budget to deck out their desk in the way that they see fit.
Add A Social Space
Studies have shown that people much prefer going to work — and also work harder — when they feel like they have friends there. But it’s up to you to ensure that people can get to know one another. Could you add a social space to your office, for instance? This will give people the chance to get to know one another in a relaxed environment. It will also encourage collaboration, which can have a positive impact on the company’s operations, too.