Creating a positive work environment is essential for productivity, employee retention, and a greater sense of teamwork. There are several ways you can improve the workplace in any industry.
- REDUCE STRESS. Although it is not a physical ailment, stress is the top reason for absenteeism in the workplace. If one of your departments has a high rate of absenteeism, there is most likely an underlying cause that can easily be rectified such as poor management or lack of enthusiasm for work. Simple changes, such as providing childcare, naming an employee of the month, or offering an end of year bonus, can greatly increase employee morale.
- INCREASE TEAMWORK ACTIVITIES. Rather than burdening individuals with their own projects, share work between a team. Recognize the contributions made by team member instead of simply praising the team leader.
- IMPROVE THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT. Inexpensive improvements, such as a fresh coat of paint, better lighting, and a more attractive atmosphere, can help employees to feel more comfortable in the work place.