Apart from what the job itself offers, what influences how employees feel about work is the work environment. Workplace culture includes everything that forms part of employees’ involvement with the work such as the relationship with co-workers and supervisors, organizational culture and room for personal development forms part of the workplace culture.
A positive work environment for resources in an organization lays the foundation for greater productivity and the influences the ability to embrace change. Why is there a need to embrace change? -This is because it is the only constant in an evolving business environment. Creating a positive workplace culture is ongoing, and the organization needs to put in all-round efforts to ensure the same.
What sets the pace for a positive work environment in an organization?
- The feeling of being grateful is not a bad thing.
The day can begin with a team huddle with all the hands-on deck to discuss tasks of the day, what went right or wrong with the previous day’s work etc. Being able to give people a forum to openly discusses raises the morale of the entire group, thereby establishing a positive tone for what lies ahead. Starting with a note of gratitude in any professional situation sets the intention of appreciation, which gets observed and permeates throughout the organization.
2. Create a safe and open environment.
There is nothing more damaging than an atmosphere of negativity and toxicity within a professional environment. It stifles new ideas and inhibits collaboration among resources within the team and makes coordination difficult. Creating a safe work environment translates to eliminating negative personalities and respecting every idea with an open mind-whether it comes from an intern or a senior team member. Encouraging a fair, transparent system of communication with honesty, integrity, and vulnerability to help employees feel safe and always motivated.
3. Ensure you go the extra mile for closure.
There is nothing more frustrating for someone to pick and complete a project which is missing a lot of effort. Not leaving a mess behind for someone to clean up is a functional interpretation, but it goes on to say that everybody’s time needs to be respected. If a person has to duplicate efforts that have already been invested or take time away from their daily responsibilities to hunt for a missing document, this means a double waste of time and a slip in productivity.
4. Recognize each event as an opportunity in business, not as a problem.
The workplace is where a lot of personalities come together from different walks of life to connect and work towards a common goal in a stipulated time. Therefore there always are a lot of stress and emotions in play causing issues to skyrocket at the slightest chance. The organization must view such situations as an opportunity to reflect, analyze and evaluate to make things better the next time around. A sense of irony and humor also helps diffuse such an emotionally charged situation, and things can quickly slide by.
5. Ensure that there is consistency.
In a dynamic work environment, there can be a lot brought into company culture: flexible hours, team building, open workspaces, time off and the list goes on. It’s easy to be tempted and implement certain policies and workplace perks or try to replicate what competitors are offering. However, what will work is consistency and implementing what kind of policies will work given the prevalent culture in the organization as against given into fad. Change can be healthy, but it is essential not to cause disruption.
6. Encourage optimism.
Constantly harp on being positive, encourage resources to align with the policies and ethics of the company. There may be times when things spin out of control, and results were not achieved as anticipated, and positive thinking will eventually cultivate positive outcomes. Putting forth weekly, monthly and yearly positive intentions to groups will slowly yet steadily help align the team and unify their efforts.
7. Differentiate between what is important and what is urgent.
It is the organization, rather the management that binds all resources together and ensures that the connection is always maintained. While it can be easy to give in to the fact that a particular client call or meeting takes precedence over a team meeting, the weight of such team meetings needs to be assessed before handling the client’s call. Without reaching out right down to the bottom-most band in the organization, energies within the business can disintegrate faster, and the workplace environment can deteriorate before you realize it. It is okay to reschedule; never let important conversations get replaced by urgent demands and deadlines. Every little gesture exhibited by the management matters and can be taken seriously by the employees. A positive work environment is an amalgamation of all interpersonal relationships within the team, across teams higher up in the management and what trickles down too.