Creating A Healthy Work Environment

Work environment

The organizational environment is capable of motivating or demotivating the co-workers and it’s incredibly important to create an environment where all feel accepted, driven and feel that there’s scope for their professional, as well as personal growth.

The output of an organization depends heavily on the productivity and efficiency of its workforce. This makes it all the more important to focus on the work environment and make it such that the co-workers feel enthusiastic and can practice creative freedom.

For quite a while, organizations have started putting a lot of emphasis on building a ‘healthy environment’. Points like good communication within the organization, ensuring that the right person is employed at the right position, etc are often talked about but somewhere, the very core of this has been hidden behind the veil of temporary tactical techniques.

  • The organization is made up of people coming from diverse backgrounds and possessing incredibly different mindsets. Managing people who are so different from each other might prove to be a tough task if not taken care of. There must be no cultural bias, or gender bias, in an organization. This promotes diversity and acceptance and makes co-workers who aren’t locals feel content in their environment. Happy employees are motivated employees that directly lead to more productivity and better results.
  • Whenever hiring, or when the newly selected candidates are in their training period – the recruiters or trainers must focus intently on the kind of person they’re hiring and the skills that he/she possesses. It is important to accept people as they are and developing the skills that can be used in their career. In case of a conflict of ideals, it must be sure that decisions are made on the basis of ethics and not plain bias.
  • Co-workers must be encouraged to take up managerial responsibilities to harness their managerial skills and make them gain confidence in their selves.
  • Team building activities must take place in frequent intervals. The activities may include a day out, a seminar, sharing hobbies etc. Trainings may also be conducted regarding how teams can work together better and help each other grow.
  • An open environment where everyone is free to talk about their grievances gives the co-workers a feeling of support. Usually, frustration in the workspace is caused by dwelling over problem areas and developing grudges against the work or co-workers. This can be avoided if there’s an openness in the office where people find it easy to share their feelings and ask for help.
  • Along with sharing the grievances, co-workers must also be encouraged to share their achievements and special occasions together. Celebrating together makes everyone feel excited and lightens up the atmosphere.
  • Do little things. Put up motivational or thoughtful quotes around the office. It doesn’t always have to be a properly framed picture quote. It could be as small as a post-it with a quote on it near someone’s desk or printer.
  • In the workspace, there are chances when you’ll get frustrated or angry. Try not to react in such situations. It is incredibly important to exercise control over negative emotions. Take a moment, calm down and then take a decision with a levelled-head. Also, avoid communicating with fellow co-workers when angry or frustrated. It often makes you act irrationally that might create unnecessary stress in the environment.
  • Always show gratitude for what people do for you and compliment them on what they do right.

Although these points might sound unrelated to the natural working of a business – but a business is as good as the people working in it. If the people of an organization are happy – the chances of employee retention, less absenteeism and high productivity are more!