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Making Work Enjoyable
Any company can become a better and more enjoyable workplace for both the employer and the employees. Employers must learn to trust their employees to do their jobs and back away from micromanaging. This freedom encourages employees to do a better job, work more efficiently, and become more loyal to the company.
Employers should also encourage communication — whether there are concerns at work or issues at home, employees should be able to turn to someone to talk to and the employer should provide that person to help with any and all situations.
Employers should set high reasonable expectations and believe that their employees can do a great job, but know the limits of their employees as well.
Incentive in the form of rewards, especially if the company has a great quarter or performed exceptionally well throughout the year, all employees should be able to reap the benefits of the company. Remember: Without those employees, your company would not be where it is today and doing as well as it is doing, so share the success with your employees — whether it is in the form of a monetary bonus, a weekend vacation, a week-long lunch outing, etc.
Ensure that employees can work towards goals and advance in their careers. No one likes to be stuck in a dead-end job with no hopes of going anywhere. Even if your company cannot offer advancement in positions, offering incentives and reward programs will increase overall employee satisfaction and happiness within the company.
Finally, it may take years, but discover the strengths of all employees and build an exceptionally intelligent and powerful team that works well together. Any company can offer get-to-know-each-other events, such as a company BBQ, to make sure employees are comfortable working together on a team and getting to know each other on a slightly more personal level.
While every company should take itself seriously and make sure that its employees take the mission and goals of the company seriously, humor must be allowed to thrive to ease tensions. Humor from bosses, supervisors, and co-workers can make work more fun, less stressful, and even more productive. While goofing off for hours at a time is unacceptable, a few minutes out of the day to allow for natural humor to surface should be acceptable, especially in the form of emails or YouTube videos from supervisors, bosses, or even the CEO. Nothing makes people laugh more than an email featuring the Hump Day Camel on Wednesdays.
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How To Make Your Work Place More Enjoyable
In these increasingly difficult economic times, an enjoyable office can translate into a competitive advantage for your business.
To make your workplace enjoyable, keep the following in mind:
Employees drive fulfillment and happiness when they are empowered to think through important decisions on their own, with the necessary monitoring and support along the way.
Communicate Communicate Communicate:
Excellent two-way communication is the cornerstone of a happy workplace. Employees feel valued when their ideas are heard and they are kept updated.
If appropriate, acknowledge the other persons point of view and provide clarification on any misunderstandings.
Set high expectations:
Believe that employees can grow and progress and encourage them to push themselves to reach new heights. If you believe in them, they will believe in themselves.
Reward exceptional performance:
Recognize and reward employees who have achieved goals, put forth extraordinary efforts, and fostered a positive company environment.
Provide advancement opportunities:
Offer education, training, and opportunities for advancement. Encourage employees to take on new skills and responsibilities to realize their desire for growth.
Humor can diffuse tension and ease stress. But humor should be positive and lighthearted, and should never occur at teh expense of others.
Build the right team:
Hire happy, optimistic people, and create a “work family” atmosphere. If an office is filled with positive, friendly co-workers, your employees are more likely to want to be there.
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Matthew Gates is a freelance web designer and currently runs Confessions of the Professions.
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