Most employees spend more than half of their waking hours at an office, cooped up in a cubicle, working in front of a screen, and juggling between meetings. Eventually, everyday stress can build to a boiling point, resulting in a negative work environment and unhappy, disengaged employees.
Unproductivity and negativity in the workplace are like a tinderbox in a high-pressure, cut-throat work environment. It not only creates unwanted tension in the workplace but also compromises the productivity and happiness of other employees.
Here are some ways in which companies can transform a negative workplace culture into a refreshingly positive work environment.
1. Encourage open communication-
Transparent dialogue and the free exchange of ideas should be encouraged throughout a company’s chain of command. Open discussions and daily interaction between co-workers, subordinates, and managers can help promote a sense of solidarity. Moreover, Superiors should be more approachable so that employees can confidently raise their concerns.
2. Prioritize employee engagement-
Disengaged employees have nearly 37% more absenteeism and a reduction of 18% in productivity. Instead of conducting surveys and offering fringe benefits, companies should set clear work expectations for their employees. Introducing new tasks and shuffling teams can drastically improve productivity.
3. Peer feedback and regular check-ins-
Recognition and regular feedback is an absolute must to boost employee morale. Everyone appreciates a pat on their back and to be reminded that their work is valued and has a purpose. Feedback should not only be limited to HR but should be adopted as a company-wide exercise.
4. Fostering diversity-
Today’s employee expects something more than just recognition. Equality and holistic work culture are equally important for a positive work environment. Ethnic diversity and gender equality ensure the inclusion of different ideas and perspectives. This can be very effective in breaking the monotony in the workplace.
5. Make work enjoyable-
Organize team building activities and regular interactive games to lift everyone’s spirits. Being a working professional does not mean you can’t have fun. A chilled out work environment makes work less monotonous. Companies can reserve an hour where employees can play an indoor sport, watch their favorite tv show or have a chat with friends.
6. Promoting emotional well-being-
High levels of stress at work can often manifest in the form of anxiety, depression, or anger, resulting in employees being burned out. Organizations can enroll their employees in a wellness program (both physical and mental) and provide free consultations with certified counselors. Sometimes a paid leave doesn’t hurt too. This will not only help in retaining employees but also build a positive brand image.
7. Allowing remote work-
With over 90% of employees stating the desire to work remotely, companies can introduce work from home days. While this will make employees happier, it will also make them more productive. A positive workplace culture like this can increase an employee’s energy, presence, and enthusiasm.
Employees are the driving force of any organization, and a positive work environment is imperative to fuel their growth and productivity. All you need are minor tweaks in workplace values to create a successful company and a happy employee.