No matter how highly trained and naturally skilled your employees are, low levels of wellbeing in the workplace can have a massive impact on how much gets done. We’ve popped some tips below to help you improve each working day across your business.
Design around collaboration
Many offices still have layouts from decades ago, back when managers had their own rooms and everyone else was crammed into an uninspiring space. Whilst the modern worker benefits from their own desk and storage areas, they also need to feel part of a wider community.
Take a look at the design of your working environments and assess the flow of people and conversation – can it be built on in any way? If you have a large boardroom that’s rarely used, consider turning it into a breakout zone, and any other areas that aren’t meeting their potential should be given a new lease of life too.
Share your vision and values
Every employee knows what their employer does, but not necessarily what it revolves around. A solicitors obviously provides legal services, but the business could also be a huge advocate of charitable activity and volunteering, which some staff may not participate in simply due to lack of information.
By getting your vision and values across in a variety of ways, you’re inviting everyone on your payroll to become a part of them. This not only helps morale but can also be a huge advantage to the local community.
Technology isn’t the be all and end all of efficiency, but it certainly plays a large role in smart and stress-free operations. Many businesses still rely on lengthy email threads for collaborative projects, whereas those that use digital tools to their full potential will realise that websites and apps such as Slack, Basecamp and Trello greatly simplify and enhance communication.
Remote working is another perk for staff who may sometimes want to work from home. To really make the most of this, consider hosted desktops for your company, as these provide the ability to access and edit files from anywhere in the world and on a range of devices, which can dramatically improve productivity.
Maintain a pleasant environment
It’s amazing the difference that natural light, fresh air, plants, quick access to fresh water and effective waste management can do for a business. By improving the surroundings even a little, your staff will feel more comfortable and energised during their duties.
If noise is a problem in your office, think about ways to reduce it. For instance, a communal phone will work better in a corner rather than at the centre of the room, whilst providing a quiet area is perfect for people who really need to focus on the task at hand.
Be fit and healthy
A balanced diet and opportunities to keep fit at work can do wonders for employee morale and engagement. Offering free fruit, bottled water, a bike to work scheme and regular fitness clubs (anything from lunchtime runs to evening football matches) will encourage everyone to look after their bodies, which has a positive impact on their minds.
This is also a great way for everyone to get to know each other better, doubling as an ongoing team building exercise.
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