Creating a positive working environment at your company is important, as it cultures a place where people are comfortable with laughing, enjoying themselves and have a sense of belonging. It can also help to encourage an environment of learning. There are a few things you should do to ensure you are creating a positive work environment.
Check the Physical Environment
Be sure the physical environment is a safe and comfortable place for your employees to work. Employees should have access to the tools that they require to do their jobs properly. This includes everything from office supplies to software and actual hand tools. You should also take into consideration proper lighting, seating, and safety equipment.
Provide a Challenge
Give your employees training goals, and challenge them to meet them. You may also want to provide performance goals and incentives. When setting these goals, be sure that they are realistic, specific and have an associated timeline.
Give Personal Recognition
Be sure to give recognition to the work of employees that go the extra mile to make your business a success. This may be due to an effort that the employee gives when interacting with customers, or work they do to make the workplace a better community environment. For example, it could make a huge difference to the morale of your workers to provide a “Best Team Player” award, where those individuals can be recognized by the company leadership and peers.
Make Time for Fun
Everyone likes to have fun, and as a business owner it is your job to be sure your employees have the opportunity to play for a bit after they work. Your fun time can be as simple or as extravagant as your resources will allow. If you are just starting out, a pizza party can make a huge impact on the morale of your employees. Conversely, if you have a bit more resources consider catered parties and traveling retreats for your team to bond and build better relationships with each other outside of the work environment.
By creating the right environment, your team of employees will thrive and grow. They will feel rewarded and appreciated for their daily efforts, and will know that you value their contributions.