How to Create a Positive Work Environment
Every good workplace strives to be an environment where people feel respected, empowered, secure, and happy. Not only is this the ethical thing to do, but it's also good business. Happy employees stay longer, perform better, and are less likely to take sick leave. There are many factors that go into creating a positive work environment, but here are some of our favorites.
Companies are built by people for people. Truly seeing the individuals in your organization as people with hopes, needs, dreams, and lives outside of work is vital for creating that reciprocal loyalty on which great businesses thrive. Walk the four corners of your organization to chat with your team. This will not only help you build relationships but is also a powerful reminder that your team is full of humans doing their best. If someone is running behind, is dealing with personal issues, or doesn't seem like their usual self, step in and see how you can help. Empathetically and discreetly handling human issues is the precursor for dealing with work issues and will create an environment where people will come to you early on rather than when they're in crisis mode.
No one likes a micromanager, but your team will respect someone with a thorough understanding of the processes and expertise involved in their department. Often this means stepping back and giving your team the independence and autonomy they need to get the job done. But sometimes, it means stepping in to help get a job over the line or to deal with a surprise challenge. Stepping in can take multiple forms, from literally writing code with your team through to staying on top of coffees and life admin. But what matters is that your team knows that when crunch time hits, you're there to roll up your sleeves and work alongside them. Is your domain knowledge slipping because you've been focused on management-level tasks? Chat with your team and have them school you on new developments. They'll appreciate your interest and that you're humbling yourself enough to ask.
Make Work Comfortable
You can foster a positive work environment by reviewing and elevating every part of the workplace experience. Consider everything from your hiring processes and remuneration packages through to where and how people work. For example, while management nationwide is pushing for a return to office-based working, many employees prefer hybrid and remote working, especially in high-cost-of-living areas. Additionally, strong onboarding strategies, clear job descriptions and career trajectories, decision-making abilities, and regular opportunities to share feedback and discuss performance metrics will help your team feel confident and empowered in their roles. The more you work on creating your workplace a place people want to be, the easier it'll be to attract, hire and coach winners.
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