Ways to Create a Productive Work Environment
John goes to work
Sits in his cubicle
Finishes his regular work
And goes home
One day of your life? Fine by most of us! But what if this gets to become your everyday? Would you feel the energy or motivation to go on?
That’s what happens to most of us. It’s all excitement and energy whenever we enter someplace new, and eventually, the routine settles in, stifling out most of the positivity and creativity we had in the beginning, more often than not.
Why does that happen?
It could be anything; Frequent deadlines, a formal work structure, poor ergonomics, anything that could make you feel that this isn’t what you strive. When you feel disconnected to your place of work, productivity goes down the drain in mind first; and in reality consequently. Check out the office ergonomics tips for employee well-being.
And while it is easy to feel that your workplace isn’t conducive to your needs, it is correspondingly easier to create one that can truly become your second home, as close as it should and can get.
Here are a few measures you can implement to create a work environment conducive and inclusive for all:
Design a Comfortable Workplace
A well-designed workplace gets half the work done.
- Let in natural light, as much as possible. People prefer to stay on-task for longer durations when exposed to natural lights. Read more about how lighting impacts the productivity of employees.
- Opt for light soothing colors for office walls like pastels.
- Add air fresheners. According to research, the scent of a lemon lowered down mistakes by 54%.
- Add indoor plants. According to research, having plants around helps mental health by reducing fatigue, anxiety, depression, stress, etc.
- Keep in mind temperature control, comfortable acoustics, and comfy furniture for the wellbeing of your employees.
Never Micromanage Everything
Nothing stifles creativity more than an overseer regulating every small detail. You hire your team for their skill sets, not letting them work with the freedom to perform to the best of their abilities would be an insult to both their talent and your time.
When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization. — Pat Wadors
It’s your employees doing the preliminaries and they might have some valuable suggestions regarding cutting down costs, improving efficiency, etc. It also makes them feel more valuable and central to the work that they are doing.
Hire the Deserving People and Communicate Well
Balance accountability and authority and keep the deadlines as realistic as possible for your employees. Communicate the mission and core values of your company to the employees so that they get a sense of their purpose in the organization, avoiding any duplicity of work along with other operational complications.
Create a positive work culture by implementing these small but potent measures
- Celebrate success.
- Give your employees autonomy and freedom.
- Encourage breaks from work.
- Organize fun ice-breaking sessions, potlucks, outings, etc.
- Offer flexibility regarding their work stations and enable offsite work.
- Show gratitude and appreciation.
- Install standing desks.
- Keep the workplace clean for your team.
- Encourage social interactions and bonding.
- Boost walking meetings.
- Help your team personalize their workspace as much as possible.
- Encourage a positive work culture.
- Help your team grow both personally and professionally.
If you engage your workforce positively, they will surprise you with the results they can deliver. More often than not, it’s not about high raises or some lofty perks; an adequate working environment is all that they need to work efficiently.
Truworth wellness believes in a work culture inclusive for all. Let us assist you in the process with our team of wellness experts.