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How to Maintain a Positive Workplace Environment

July 18th, 2017

Do you feel morale beginning to wane at your company? Even if you don’t, it’s important to create a positive workplace where people feel happy and comfortable on the job. 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 and productive. Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment your team will be proud to be a part of.

Here are four characteristics of a positive work environment.

Create a Positive Workplace with These 4 Characteristics

  1. Meaningful Work Assignments

Even if employees are lower on the executive totem pole, they should be given relevant, meaningful work assignments. Offering a sense of ownership over their projects give your team members pride in their work, which can make them feel more committed to the company overall.

  1. Transparent Communication

Open communication can go a long way in creating a positive work environment. Employees who feel information is being withheld from them can be less trusting and have lower engagement on the job. Always keep team members in the loop on relevant projects and consider holding open office hours or asking for feedback on a regular basis.  Read the rest of this entry »

International Day of Happiness: 4 Tips to Improve Happiness at Work

March 14th, 2017

Did you know March 20, 2017 is known as the International Day of Happiness? Introduced to the world by the General Assembly of the United Nations, this holiday has been recognized since 2012; its purpose is to remind people that happiness has a wide variety of benefits, both to human life and to our greater community. This year, why not celebrate the International Day of Happiness by taking some steps toward improving employee morale in your workplace? Here are four ideas to do so.

Keep your team happy with this advice.

4 Ways to Improve Workplace Happiness

  1. Help Solve a Workplace Problem

Helping someone else can give you a feeling of joy and improve overall team morale. Identifying a workplace concern and creating a plan to solve that problem will show your team members you care and listen to their feedback. Not sure what areas could be improved? Hold a brainstorming session, leave a suggestion box or offer a workplace survey to get an idea of problems that can be solved. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Employee Engagement Ideas for Winter

January 19th, 2016

The winter months can be a tough time to keep your team in high spirits; even your top-preforming workers can experience a lull in productivity due to the lack of sunshine. It’s important to focus on employee engagement at all times of the year, but especially in January-March. When you can’t hold a company picnic, here are three of the best ideas to get your team motivated and excited.

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3 Employee Engagement Ideas for Winter

  1. Celebrate Holidays

It can be tricky to find holidays to celebrate in winter, when Thanksgiving and those in December are over. After the New Year hits, the next big holiday is Valentine’s Day, so feel free to decorate around the office or hold a potluck. It can also be fun to introduce your team members to non-traditional holidays like Oatmeal Month (January) or Chocolate Cake Day (January 27th.) Read the rest of this entry »

Team Building: Fostering Strong Workplace Bonds

October 27th, 2015

Work culture can include a variety of different aspects, but many employee retention strategies lack team building activities. Allowing employees to have some fun and get to know their colleagues on the job can have a huge impact on morale and the overall happiness of your team.

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What Constitutes a Team Building Activity?

All well-planned, motivating team building activities have a few things in common:

  • A Well-Defined Goal: Team building events should have a purpose. Are you training your workers for a new project or promotion? Are you trying to increase group morale? Determine what your goal is.
  • An Organized Activity: The event should be planned in advance and have a designated leader, whether it is a manager, HR rep or company CEO. Activities can last for an hour, a day or even a weekend.
  • Measureable Results: The activity should have a measureable impact on your company; this ties into the goal of the event. A good way to gauge the responses of your workers is to hold an employee engagement survey each year, or have them answer reflection questions after the team building activity.

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Employee Morale: 4 Ways to Find Happiness at Work

March 31st, 2015

It can be hard to maintain a healthy and happy work atmosphere for all. When employee morale is high, productivity and motivation also increase. More than 87 percent of Americans are satisfied with their job, but how do managers go the extra mile and maintain happiness in the workplace year-round? Here are 4 ways to keep workers happy and excited about their jobs.

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  1. Make Excuses for Fun

Incorporating fun into the office is important for employee morale. Gamification has become a strong method for adding excitement and helping to build team and problem-solving skills. You can also add simple incentives like Casual Friday to let employees relax and feel more at ease. Read the rest of this entry »