Employees are one of your most important assets, if not the most important, that your business has. You want to keep them motivated and happy so that their productivity remains. One way you can do this is by making your office operations easier and more fun along the way.
You’ve hired people to do a job, and they can’t do their job if their furniture is uncomfortable and equipment substandard. Therefore, make sure your staff has appropriate seating and chairs, especially if they have certain conditions that may require specialized equipment.
Your office will most probably need IT equipment, including internet access, computers, laptops, or tablets, so that staff can communicate if they’re off-site. What with insurance and maintenance costs, as well as the need for other equipment like printers.
If you have a budget, this can soon add up, so it may be an idea to do some research to find the most cost-effective deals. Looking at printers on sale, as well as other more expensive items, could end up saving you quite a bit of money. You could then use the spare money to buy other much-needed necessities to help your staff do their respective jobs.
We spend a considerable period of our lives at work, with people who are usually not related to us. It makes sense to get to know these people if we’re spending so much time with them, and one way to do this is to organize events for everyone to socialize.
Having regular events or encouraging a regular time slot each week for people to do a hobby together, helps employees to get to know one another, and even form friendships. This will have a positive impact on relations at work. Research has found that workplace friendships can increase job satisfaction, teamwork, and productivity.
The Progress Principle
Making sure every employee understands their role and how valued they are, in addition to knowing they’re making progress in what they’re doing, is known as the progress principle. Research has found that this is one sure-fire way to ensure employee happiness.
Having a monthly newsletter notifying your staff of the achievements of fellow employees, as well as the business, will not only acknowledge these achievements but also show staff how they contribute to the business’s success. Work is very personal to the people that do it. Most employees want to know that their job has a purpose because they care about what they do and the impact their work has.
No one wants to work in a cluttered office or have badly decorated walls, ruined carpets, or windows that don’t open or let in the draft. Considering you and your staff will spend most of your time in your office, it would make sense to make your office clean and tidy, with nothing ruined. This also gives a good impression when any other professionals visit.
When thinking about colors, going with your company colors will be a good choice. You could have a couple of designs put together and get your staff’s input. They’ll enjoy being involved in this process and having your corporate logo colors tied in will connect your team to it.
Making your business’s working environment a good place to work in, plus having the equipment your employees need to make their working lives easier, means you’ll have a happy workforce. They’ll be more motivated and will want to be productive, making your business the place where people want to work.