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A productive and happy team is the best thing a manager or employer can ask for. However, problems in achieving that aren’t always down to the personalities in the office. More often, it’s down to how the business itself operates. If it’s not the processes and tools they’re working with, it might just be the environment around them. Here’s how you make sure the office isn’t getting your team down.
Where did all the space go?
People need space to work, there’s no doubt about that. It’s just how much that matters, however, but how they’re able to use it. Do too many partitions get in the way of vital office communication? Or does too open a space mean people can’t get the privacy they need for client calls? Think about reordering your workspace to create different ‘zones’ that lend well to different work tasks. If your existing space isn’t able to fit it all, you might have to think about relocating.
Aches and creaks
As more and more businesses rely on desk jobs to take care of all the electronic administration and online needs of the company, we’re fast discovering how dangerous the wrong set up can be. You need the right support from a seat to keep off the tide of back pain. You need appropriate levels to the keyboard and mouse to stop repetitive strain injury from affecting the wrists and neck. Rethink the desks in your office in an ergonomic light to stop pangs of pain from affecting your team.
The dark and dreary
The lighting in the office, when contrasted against the light of a monitor, can also be a factor in workplace ills. But poor lighting in an office can also be a serious cause of a lack of motivation. Not just how much light is available, but what kind of light is available, too. Natural lighting works best for putting people in a good mood, while fluorescent white lights have become a stereotype of a draining work environment for good reason.
A cluttered space means a cluttered mind
A business that lets its mess gather is just as much of a health risk as well as a downer. Not only does neglecting to thoroughly tidy the office increase the amount of tripping hazards. Using commercial cleaners also creates a space much better for the morale of the team. Sticky work surfaces, stained carpets, and dust in the air have all been shown to have a real impact on employee turnover and retention.
No personality allowed
You want people invested in the workplace? Well, studies show that allowing them to introduce a bit of their own personalization can work wonders for that. Whether it’s letting them make their mark on their workstations or offering personal lockers for your employees, it creates a sense of belonging that people truly value. Don’t let your branding and corporate image rules infringe too hard on their individuality.
The work environment should be another asset at your business’s disposal, not an obstacle you have to get out of the way. Hopefully, the tips above will help you make that a reality.
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