A great workplace improves employee satisfaction, productivity, and creativity. A lousy workplace can be stressful and harmful to your business.
Creating the best possible environment for your staff is essential as an employer or manager. This article discusses five strategies that will help in preventing burnout and having a better time at work:
Be Kind to Each Other
The basic strategy for creating a better workplace is being kind to everyone. Be it your employees, customers, vendors, suppliers and community members. And never forget to be kind to your family and friends.
Reward Your Best Employees
Recognition and rewards are important to most employees, as the old saying goes, “A pat on the back is better than a kick in the pants.”
However, don’t forget that non-monetary rewards can also be powerful motivators.
Rewards are usually given for one of three reasons:
- To recognize an employee who has gone above and beyond their job description.
- To recognize an employee for meeting certain company goals or milestones.
- For recognition of general excellence in your field.
Allow Your Employees to Take Time Off
When you think of your employees’ time off, you probably imagine them taking advantage of some well-deserved days off. However, that’s not always the case.
According to a study by Project: Time Off and GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media, 63% of workers don’t take all the vacation they are entitled to each year. Some may feel guilty about taking time off when their coworkers are working hard, or they might have trouble wrapping up all their tasks before leaving for the day.
Others may be unable to switch off from work, even on vacation. Managers and leaders need to encourage them in this area—because it can help improve productivity and morale among employees who take their vacation days.
Encourage Team Building
When it comes to team building, there are many activities you can do with your employees. Some of these include:
- Team building activities involve physical activity, such as hiking or sports. These can be a good bonding experience for the team and teach them how to work together towards a common goal.
- Team building games that help people learn about each other in fun ways. For example, you could set up an icebreaker where everyone takes turns telling everyone else their favorite movie or book. This way, people have an opportunity to get to know each other better while also learning something new about themselves!
According to leading company Intuit, “By helping teams prioritize, creating dedicated focus time, supporting the individual needs of your team members, encouraging breaks and time off, you’ll be building healthy habits that help you and your employees prevent burnout.”
Develop a Safety Culture
Safety culture is about the way people think and behave. It’s about how they interact with each other and their environment.
It starts by developing a strong leadership team that takes ownership of creating a better workplace for employees. Then, develop a plan that engages all employees in your workplace to create an inclusive culture where everyone feels safe from harassment, bullying or discrimination.
If you are new to management, these tips may be helpful. Or, if you’re a seasoned manager who has never read this blog, hope it might be interesting to see how things have changed in the last decade or so.