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Create An Atmosphere That Your Employees Will Love With These Top Tips

BY Rebecca | 10 September, 2015 | no comments

When running a business, you have to make sure you have a good relationship with your employees. Although you are the boss, your employees are the people who make your dream a reality. On a daily basis, they complete the essential tasks that help the business hit its targets and it goals. Once you start hitting these targets, you are well on your way to success.

What is important, then, is that you somehow boost their productivity and get every last ounce of efficiency from them as possible. But, how do you achieve that goal? It is not like you can ask your employees for any help! There are plenty of alternatives. Nevertheless, one of the best ways is to create the best working environment possible. If your employees love what they do and love coming into work, it will reflect in their work.

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Here are some of most effective ways to create a working environment that your employees will love. Hopefully, they will reciprocate with some of their finest work.

Hire The Right People

To start with, you need the right people. Not just the right people for the job, but the right people for the office. Understanding the difference will save you a lot of time and hassle. It is hard to spot who will be toxic to your business from an interview because everyone is on their best behaviour. After all, they want the job. Still, if you notice something about a candidate that you don’t like, treat them with scepticism.

Get Rid Of The Wrong Ones

Everyone business owner makes mistakes. The problem is that you have made a mistake; the problem is rectifying the mistake before it spirals out of control. If you can see employees in your mind’s eye that are not right for the job, but they work for you, consider replacing them with someone else. Obviously, you have to replace them legitimately because there are employment rules. But, if they are not doing their job, and they are disruptive, show them the door.

Clean Up Any Mess

Now that you have the right people for the job, you can start making changes to the office. The first change could not be easier. All you need to do is tidy the office to make sure there isn’t any clutter or mess. A tidy working environment is a productive one because it sets an example to the workforce. Also, it promotes clear and succinct communication between colleagues. If everything is clean and tidy, no files or scrap pieces with important messages will go missing.

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Light Up The Office

Lighting plays a massive role in your business’ efficiency and output. The wrong lighting can make people more tired and less likely to finish their daily workload. A lack of natural light can also cause eye strains, blurred vision and headaches. As you can probably guess, none of them is conducive to an effective working environment. On the other hand, a well-lit office can promote prolonged energy levels throughout the day. One of the best pieces of advice you will hear with regards to your working environment is to keep it well lit.

Offer Support

From a purely work perspective, you probably help your employees overcome hurdles on a daily basis. And, why wouldn’t you? Their ability to do their job is what keeps your business running and successful. However, a lot of businesses neglect alternative support systems that are just as important. What happens in a person’s life outside of the office will transfer into the working environment. So, if someone is going through trouble at home, they will suffer when they come to work, too. Employee assistance programme services are a great tool. They help employees recover from the stresses of life as they are intended to help with their personal problems. By helping them deal with what is going on in their life, you can stop it from affecting their work performance and their well-being.

Provide Frequent Breaks

Obviously, a break every half an hour is not conducive to a high level of productivity. But, you also don’t want your employees to go too long without a break. Otherwise, they will lose focus and find ways to kill time without doing any work. The break system that a lot of businesses use is three to four breaks throughout the day. Maybe start with a fifteen-minute break in the morning, half way between starting and lunch. Then, there is a thirty-minute lunch break, and finally schedule a break one or two before finishing for the day. That should keep everyone relaxed and well-focused all day.

Relaxation Space

You might be aware of how companies like Google and Facebook operate with regards to their staff? If you are not, here is a basic run through: they try and make life as comfortable as possible! As a result, they have a variety of different techniques, none of which is helpful to the average business. One that is helpful is a relaxation space. During breaks or work hours if they can do their work, employees should sit in comfortable chairs and relax. When your employees are relaxed, they are at their most productive.

Team Building Exercises

A lot of businesses have adopted this strategy, with varying degrees of success. Most people view it as nonsense and a good way to waste half a day. Others see it for what it is and get involved. The key is participation. As long as your team participate and communicate with one another, the exercise will have the desired effect. Some businesses even go as far as hosting a weekend retreat, so everyone is in close quarters and has to bond. When you get back to the office, you will notice the results.

Don’t Be Rigid

You’d be amazed how many companies don’t like their employees moving around. Rigidity only promotes the fact that they work for you and they have to do as they’re told. It is like working in a prison! Let the little things go and your office will be better for it.

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