Creating a positive workplace environment is important in that it helps you maintain a good working vibe, love, and harmony among employees. With the high expectations that prevailing business trends have placed on business owners and admins, you ought to try your best to create cohesion in the workplace.
However, different employees come with a package of multiple personalities, tastes, and preferences. How then, do you make sure that everyone is happy and that everything is running smoothly? These are some of the ways through which you can create the much-needed positivity into your workplace.
1. Respecting everyone
Appreciating that a great idea can come from anyone regardless of his or her position in the office is the first step towards creating a positive workplace. You should treat your interns, senior staff, support staff, and everyone in the office with optimal respect and acknowledge the roles they play in making the company what it is today.
When people feel appreciated, valued and respected, what follows is increased determination to make things even better. It raises morale for everyone.
2. Motivate and inspire
If you can become a life coach and help your employees grow both personally and professionally, they will definitely be positive towards everything you tell them to do. You can motivate your team by calling for short staff meetings every morning and allowing people to share ideas and encourage one another. Another way of achieving this is by installing motivational art around the office, with messages that are particularly relevant to your staff members.
As you motivate your team to work together and with cohesion, you need to equally inspire them by your actions. When they suggest something, implement it. When they ask for help, offer a lending hand. When they criticize you, handle criticism with utmost wisdom and friendliness so that you don’t create cracks in the team. And in case there is a problem, rise up to the occasion and offer the necessary leadership. If your staff members believe in your leadership and ability to solve problems, the mood turns positive from then going forward.
3. Communicate with clarity
Maintaining an open line of communication between you and your employees is important if you are to create a positive working relationship with them. Let it be clear to everyone where the company is going, the brand image that you want the world to see, and the revenue that you target to generate. If things aren’t going well with the sales, don’t hesitate from telling the relevant departments. It wouldn’t help you much to scold people when things go south yet you hadn’t spelled out your goals clearly for everyone to understand.
While at it, be friendly enough to allow your juniors the chance of communicating their goals and fears to you. Maybe someone wants to further their studies, to marry, or develop themselves in whichever way; be the boss that such people can come to with courage and optimism that you will give them your listening ear and at the very least, offer them the support they need.
4. Keep things fun
Occasional celebrations in the company are essential for revitalizing the employees’ energy and moods. Of course, your workplace is a serious place, but it won’t hurt if you take a departure from the normal office work and have a little fun. Make a genuine effort to find a relevant occasion to celebrate with everyone in the office. It could be a project milestone, one of the staff member’s birthday, acquisition of a new house, or even a successful application for business expansion. Set a date for the celebrations and involve a few of your staff in sending out cards to their colleagues. You cannot go over the top with office celebrations so by all means, do everything in your power to set the right mood.
5. Be consistent
After defining your company’s vision and mission, it is important to be consistent. Apply the rules equally across the board without discriminating some people and favoring others. If one of the employees is to be reprimanded, don’t let your emotions take charge: Follow the company constitution to the letter. And when it comes to rewarding the high performers, don’t be tempted to change the awarding system when your favorite employee is overtaken in terms of performance.
About the author
Rilind Elezaj is a devoted career specialist who trained at Animas Coaching. He helps people make career choices that feel genuinely right for them. He usually helps the individual evaluate their background, curiosities, passions and training so that they can choose a job, business or type of further education that helps them be successful and fulfilled.