We have all been through that cycle of life; to school, then college, then eventually to work. So you spend a significant part of life preparing yourself to join in on a job. Office, and all issues associated with it is experienced by more or less everyone in all kinds of magnitude. Be it the workload or office politics, there are issues faced worldwide and this not only affects you but the work you are assigned with and your colleagues and the company you work for. It is important to like your workplace for better work performance and productivity. Here are 10 ways you can make office life a little bit more pleasant for you and your employees:
Take help from others
We often find ourselves in situations where we feel stuck and perhaps too frustrated to pull ourselves out of the mess. It could be stress from missing deadlines or not being able to prepare your presentation or anything. Don’t hesitate to ask for help from someone, even if they are subordinates. We often avoid doing so, thinking it would tarnish our work image as incompetent but in the end, if you get your job done in time and properly, it will be a plus for you in the long haul.
Don’t be over controlling
If you have people who work for you, it is a usual habit for many of us to not trust our subordinates to complete their tasks properly. In such cases, we feel the need to make sure they are doing everything perfectly down to the last detail, exactly how they are told. But this peering into their work not only makes you less favorable as a boss but also makes the work environment for your employees more toxic which in turn will make them more inefficient than they perhaps are. Trust them with their work. Make them feel like you respect their work and they will respect yours in return.
Be an extrovert
Being outgoing and open is not everyone’s forté. But if you are to run a company, it is absolutely necessary for you to be more interactive with not only your employees but your clients as well. It will help you to set an example to the rest that will encourage them to take similar approaches in communication. Good communication in office is always more productive.
Improve ambiance of workplace
In our lives, we will encounter office space which immediately makes us feel down, not because of treatment but more because of kind of place the office was. The drab walls and poor lighting with dusty floors don’t exactly make anyone feel comfortable. A brightly painted wall with interesting lighting can cheer up the mood of the place and it can subconsciously make people happier to be working there. Also, put a good amount of time thinking about the kind of tables and chairs you need for your office since these are what your employees will spend most of their time on. Sites like Office Chairs Only and Worthington Direct can help you with guides to find out what kind of product best fits your needs and boost productivity.
Partitioning can also make a huge impact on an office space. It allows you to create break out areas in otherwise open plan offices. You can use glass partitioning to keep things light and still have a private and acoustically insulated space.
As a business owner, we get so caught up in the numbers and the profits and losses the company makes, and the heated meetings and change in plans that follow, we forget about our basic human needs – the need to rest and relax. In stressful times, it is all the more important to cool down your senses with a quick workout session or an episode of the Simpsons. Make sure you keep an ample space in your office and ample time for your employees for recreational purposes. It not only builds internal relationships but makes the work environment much more pleasant and less prone to stress.
Don’t lose your temper
Your employees are people with feelings and ego of their own. You can very easily hurt their pride as easily you can feel yours getting hurt. Losing your temper is never a good idea when you are handling anyone or anything, the least of all your employees. Empathy is the key. Try to understand the situation before making a quick judgment. This will prevent you from making rash decisions that you may later regret. It will also make your employees more prone to telling you about their problems regarding work, without the fear of getting put off or fired.
Don’t overwork your employees
Vacations are probably the most important thing for an employee working the 9-5 life 6 days a week. Be flexible about vacations. This will motivate your employees to work better and more efficiently. Don’t push them over their capabilities.
Work as a unit
Encourage unity in your employees instead of competition among themselves. It is always better to compete with competitors as a unit than to internally compete with one another for a better salary or more exposure. Make sure your employees understand the significance of position they are in. This will only happen if your employees know of their importance in the company. Establish this understanding and you will have a happier group of workers too.
There are many ways to improve a workplace atmosphere but the basis of it all is making a happy and safe environment for everyone.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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