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7 Tips For A Great Workplace
If your workplace reeks of unproductive politics and a corporate system that shames even the greediest people, you’re in big trouble. People should be kinder and a lot funnier to make the workplace become like the sitcom The Office. People should be all about sharing good vibes and ideas and compassion to everyone else in the office in a way that doesn’t patronize, condescend or pretend.
Show your kindess to your officemates by giving them new health tips or work etiquette guide that you read from your favorite Digg sites. Share your sandwich or dinner or that new list of shortcut keys you learned for the new Mac keyboard. And go further and learn everything about how to make a workplace perfect with this infographic.
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7 Tips For Creating A Great Place To Work
According to industry leaders, the things most people would agree are important – such as impressive salaries, light workloads, or months of vacation time – aren’t the top reason that they value their jobs. Instead, employees prefer workplace perks with more long-term benefits.
Here are some simple tips any business can adopt to ensure its workers are healthy, happy, and productive.
1. Be Flexible
Modern technology means that many companies are no longer reliant on the traditional 9-5 workday.
1 in 4 employees experience high levels of conflict between work and family life.
Offer flexibility in the workplace by allowing employees:
- Flexible working hours
- Option to work remotely
Talk to your employees to see which flexible work practice best meets their needs.
In a survey of more than 210,000 American employees, less than half were satisfied with the information they received from management.
Besides keeping employees in the loop, frequent communication also reminds employees they are part of the team.
Adopt an ‘Open Door’ policy at work. This will allow for:
An open flow of communication
Closer working relationships
Fast access to information
3. Recognize Success
Only 24% of employees are satisfied with the level of recognition they receive at work.
The top 5 forms of recognition awards are:
- Gift certificates
- Company merchandise
70% of employees say meaningful recognition has no dollar value.
This is especially true for the rising millennial workforce. Providing engaging work environments, status-based recognition and fun can be more beneficial than tangible rewards.
4. Offer Development Opportunites
Only 39% of employees feel there are sufficient internal career opportunities in their workplace.
Studies show that promoting staff to senior roles from within the company provides benefits such as reducing turnover and increasing productivity.
Companies can provide professional development by:
- Offering on-the-job training
- Reimbursing for continued education and training
- Creating opportunities for employees to connect and network
- Establishing a graduate scheme to fast-track promising alumni
- Adopting a mentorship program
5. Build Trust
According to 90% of workers, the most valued attributes in workplace relationships are:
Trust can be actively fostered by:
Proactively building interpersonal trust: Managers can help encourage personal connections by starting meetings with a “Take 5” for team members to chat about their professional and personal lives.
Communicating with Predictability: Regular communication means fellow team members are less likely to wonder why someone hasn’t responded.
6. Give and Receive Feedback
People may not like giving negative feedback, but everyone wants to hear it – as long as it’s constructive.
Tend To Prefer: Receive Positive Feedback and Receive Negative Feedback
Tend To Avoid: Give Positive Feedback and Give Negative Feedback
Effective feedback lets workers know how they are meeting their goals. Ensure feedback is:
Timely: address issues when they arise.
Focus on the future: avoid too much criticism of the past.
7. Provide a Sense of Purpose
Employees who are able to find meaning and purpose within their roles are healthier, happier, and more productive.
91% of workers who say their company has a strong sense of purpose also say their company has a history of strong financial performance.
However, 68% of employees and 66% of executives believe businesses are not doing enough to create a sense of purpose.
Explain to employees exactly where they fit into the company structure and how they contribute to the success of the business.
Both employees and employers benefit from a great workplace. If you’re looking to create a better work environment, work to implement any of the seven tips listed above.
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