Your team members are more likely to stay at your company if you offer a positive work environment. While everyone has bad days and sometimes may not want to come to the office, there are things you can do to make your space more inviting, fun to be in and productive. Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment your team will be proud to be a part of.
4 Characteristics of a Positive Work Environment
Open communication can go a long way in creating a positive work environment. Employees who feel information is being withheld can be less trusting and have lower engagement. Always keep team members in the loop on relevant projects and consider holding open office hours or asking for feedback often.
- Meaningful Work
Even if employees are low on the totem pole, they should be given relevant and meaningful work. Offering a sense of ownership over projects give your team members pride in their projects, which can make them more committed to the company overall.
No matter the task at hand, you should convey a sense of excitement about it to your team. Did you just land a big new client? Have you found a new organizational system that will save time? The enthusiasm you and your workers have for your job will also rub off on your customers and fans, which can make your company more profitable.
- Work-Life Balance
A positive work environment is one that is respectful of employees’ diverse needs and creates a healthy work-life balance. Allowing your team flex time or telecommuting options is a great way to show you care about their family life and value their contribution to your team. If these options don’t work for your company, allow them to take personal phone calls if necessary or offer flexible lunch hours; happy employees produce higher quality work.
Keeping lines of communication open, assigning meaningful tasks, being excited on the job and allowing a healthy work-life balance can all make a difference in your teams’ commitment to your company. What steps do you take to instill a positive work environment?