Keeping your workplace a positive environment can be a little tricky at times. Especially if you happen to be chasing a target or working long hours. It’s hard to find a balance. But the best thing you can do is find one thing that affects the morale of an environment the most and work on it. For you, as a business owner, this will be your staff and employees. They are the ones that can make a place feel positive, or turn it into a negative environment where people are not productive. Happy staff means a productivity and a great place to be. So with that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the best tips to keep a positive atmosphere in the workplace.
Allow an element of fun
We all know that attending work each day means one thing, that we have a job to do. But from nine till five or whatever the working hours may be it’s impossible to keep a place positive when your staff are taking things too seriously. So try and add a little element of fun to the office. A bit of “banter” between colleagues can go a long way to boosting morale. If people have smiles on their faces, perhaps laughing at a joke, they are much happier in themselves. The tricky thing is having a fine line between a good atmosphere, and people going a little overboard. There are jobs that still need to be done. Try and be the influencer here, allow chat amongst your colleagues and fun and games, but also make sure they know you expect a job to be done.
Always have good coffee
Whatever people like to drink, the chances are coffee will be amongst many people’s first choice. It’s what can wake them up and get them alert for the day ahead. As your staff spends many hours in the workplace a good coffee machine, like one from Pure Bean, could be a great investment. It might even encourage your workforce to come into work earlier just to enjoy their first coffee of the day. As daft as it sounds getting them into work earlier is more likely to create a more productive and positive workplace.
Keep it casual days
Sometimes it’s nice to head to work without wearing a suit or a stuffy tie. Depending on what your work attire uniform is. So why not introduce a “keep it casual” day. It’s surprising how the psychology of being in your own clothes can have a positive effect on a place and a work ethic. This is because it isn’t a regular occurrence and can give your workplace the boost it needs to become a more positive place to be in.
Work on your people skills
Finally, the book stops with you. The business owner. If you are not approachable or have less than desired people skills, the workplace will not be a positive place to be. You need to work on those skills and set the tone for how you want things to be.
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