So much of our lives are spent at work. This means that the quality of our workplace relationships will deeply affect our well being. The particular atmosphere of your company plays an essential role in how your employees may view their overall job. This can span everything from the physical environment (office comfort, lighting, proper equipment) to the overall culture (actions of fellow employees and managers, room for growth, etc.). An encouraging atmosphere also helps employees uphold their motivation and ambition through the day.
Leaders play a key role in establishing a healthy workplace culture – one built on mutual trust and working together towards an exciting goal. But each of us affect our workplace culture to some degree – each of us can either add to or take away from the health of the organizational culture, which deeply affects all of our lives.
1: Show Them You Care
By showing a little bit of appreciation for your employees and their accomplishments, you show them that they are valuable to both you and your business. Cater in lunch every now and then, even if it’s just some pizzas from the local pizza place, or grab donuts for the crew when you’re on your way to work. Everyone loves a free lunch, even if they worked for it. Just don’t go overboard or it might look like you are trying too hard.
2: Communication Play Major Role
Good communication is at the heart of great teamwork. Great teams communicate well and often, their members are happy to share ideas, brainstorm together, ask for feedback, and be contradicted. Make sure you’re listening to fellow team members and actually considering their thoughts before offering your own solutions and input. Staff meetings are an excellent way to keep your employees in the loop and ensure that they feel important in the business and not just a “worker”.
3: Educate Your Staff
Offering continuing educational opportunities to employees is a great way to invest in their future as well as let them know that you care. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy. Maybe even just an online class for something related to your field, their job, or some other area that will help them grow in the company. By providing these opportunities, you invest in your business and they get extra perks to help them be better at their jobs.
4: Hold Stand-Up Meetings
We spend far too much time sitting all day at work, so a stand-up meeting is a great way to stretch out those stiff limbs, and get a lot done. These meetings are basically a huddle, and you are acting more like a team.
5: Opportunity Knocks For All
This one goes right along with #3, and it is offering opportunities for people to advance in your business. If your employees don’t feel that there is anywhere to go inside your company, some will get bored of working the same job forever and start to look elsewhere. If they know, however, that there is always room to grow, better positions to achieve, then they will be more motivated to work toward that. When you offer educational opportunities to your employees, make sure that you list that the class is a good step toward a promotion, a key part of a certain position, or something similar so that they know it’s not just a class.
6: Be flexible
Running an office with a tight schedule with no breaks may be a mistake and a factor in making employees miserable. It’s unfair to expect workers to perform better if they are unable to give time to their families. For a careful work-life balance, it is essential to allow workers to have flexible working hours along mixed with short breaks.
7: Don’t Over-Communicate
I’d like to say that there’s no such thing as too much communication, but too much of anything isn’t good. After work hours, keep the number of emails you send to employees to a minimum. While your communication is likely very important, it can also most probably wait until the following day. In an ideal world, people know to power down after work hours and stop checking their emails, but the truth is that most of us are so connected to our jobs and our devices that not checking seems unnatural.
8: Your Employees Have Personal Lives
This area is one that can be very hard for some employers, as they think about their business 24 hours a day. But your employees do not. Instead, they have personal lives outside of your business. Remember that and don’t expect them to be working 24 hours, 7 days a week, including holidays. This is the fastest road to burnout for an employee and one that a manager or business owner cannot afford to take.
9: No Negativity
Negative person that constantly sees the bad side of everything. But this does not mean that it needs to be the boss. If employees are constantly hearing the doom and gloom from a co-worker that they know is just a negative person, that is one thing. You don’t want them seeing you as that negative person or it will show in their performance and in your business. If workers feel that their ship is sinking, where is the motivation to work and make the business grow? It flies right out the window, and they start to follow it to another job. Don’t let yourself become the Negative Nancy in your business. Stay positive, no matter what, and keep any negative things to yourself.
10: Appreciate your employees
Most managers make the mistake of waiting for annual reviews when it comes to judging the potential of their employees. The long wait for recognition makes the performing employee impatient, making way for negativity which ultimately results in reduced productivity.
It’s recommended you do your best to appreciate your employees as often as you can. This will boost morale, invoking a positive environment and will help them to stay happy.
11: Be a team player
Leading by example makes for a great boss. Be there for your employees when they need you most, which could mean jumping in and getting your hands dirty with them. Rewarding your team for their hard work is a great way to raise morale. Have a strategic reward system in place based on four key areas: accountability, individual performance, team performance and punctuality.
Rewards don’t have to be monetary, either. Here are some examples:
Give an extra day off.
Throw an office party.
Give them gift cards.
12: Promote a social workplace
Offices shouldn’t feel stuffy and too serious. The manager should be responsible for promoting a social workplace where workers are free to talk, share their opinions and communicate freely. It is recommended to hold weekly meetings and discuss positive goal achievement and good things happening with your team.
13: Seek out feedback regularly
Actively seeking out constructive feedback is one of the best ways to improve communication in the workplace. For example, after every 1:1 I have with my boss, we ask each other if there is any additional feedback to give.
These Thirteen steps will play a key role in making your Making your team better. What other areas do you think are needed to make Team better? Love to hear from you in the comments section below…