Workplace wellbeing is critical when it comes to improving staff relations, staff procurement and retention and overall office happiness. A happy team will work harder, stay longer hours and do better work, so making the office a pleasant place to be is financially beneficial as well.
Create a comfortable environment
Take a look at your office with regards to light, colour and flow through the room. Identify areas which are cluttered, dark or unattractive and work towards improving these. Take a look at the size and location of different teams and, if necessary, move areas around so that everyone has enough space and is easily able to interact with those that they need to.
Incentivise environmentally friendly travel
Getting some exercise and fresh air every day is fantastic for improving employee health and happiness, and avoiding cars and public transport is environmentally friendly. If employers incentivise eco-friendly travel, such as cycling and walking, they benefit their local environment as well as their workers. Provide bike racks and showers, or look into perks and benefits for those who make their way into work under their own steam.
Let the outside world in
Sitting under artificial lights day in, day out can make staff feel depressed over time. It is very important for an office space to have natural light, in which employees feel more awake and alert, as well as feeling happier. If you don’t have the option for natural light, bring in plants, areas of colour and better lighting (such as ‘daylight bulbs’ which simulate natural lighting) to help staff to feel less cut off from the outside world.
Get on the same level as your employees
In the past, a hierarchical environment in which management ruled by fear and staff kept their heads down was the standard. However, businesses are tending to trend towards more inclusive, innovative and creative working environments, where everyone feels listened to. Not only is this more motivating for team members, but it also ensures that good ideas are not dismissed simply because they come from someone lower down in the company. Try to be thoughtful of staff members, and make them feel as though they are necessary and respected.
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