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How to Keep Your Work Environment Positive - Finnegan Pierson - Blog

How to Keep Your Work Environment Positive

One of the most important things in any type of workplace setting is maintaining an environment where people feel they can talk freely, have positive interactions with their co-workers and superiors alike, and get the help they need. Maintaining a positive workplace setting can be a challenge if you aren't sure how to get started. While you won't be able to keep the workplace perfect or stress-free at all times, there are ways you can manage these types of situations. Take a look at the suggestions outlined and see what you can start doing to make a difference in your workplace today.

Regularly Check In

Checking in with employees is important. It shows you care about people and want to find out how they are doing. You could be concerned with any struggles they might have, questions they need answers to, or simply be there if they need someone to talk to. Having this kind of open-door policy makes it easy for employees to feel good about where they work, and confident that people are listening to any issues that might come up. Working in an environment where higher-ups care about those who work for the company is linked to employees that are satisfied in their jobs and usually more positive, both in and out of the workplace. 

Ensure Comfort in the Workplace

One common issue in the average workplace setting is that employees feel confined to their desks for too long. If they want somewhere to relax or just need a few minutes away from where they spend the majority of their time, they usually need to leave the building. Allow employees to make the most of their break time and feel good about where they work by creating a lounge or other similar setting. This provides the opportunity to mingle with other co-workers, come up with new ideas, and make the most of their breaks. You can take this a step further by providing everyone with comfortable chairs and desks, allowing them to feel supported and comfortable when they are working. Rounding out the atmosphere with plants can make it seem more relaxing and enjoyable to be around; just remember to keep your workplace free of pests like the pharaoh ant in order to ensure a clean work environment. While comfort might seem like a strange thing to put into action at first, consider this: employees who feel they are being taken care of are more likely to have a positive attitude about where they work and feel that way throughout the day. 

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Show Employees Your Appreciation

One of the best ways to keep a workplace positive is to regularly show everyone how much they are appreciated. This extends to all employees, including those that work on a lower level, regardless of what they do. You could show your appreciation in the form of an office party at the end of the year, or even just a catered meal. By showing people you appreciate what they do for the company, you are demonstrating that even if you don't acknowledge all their hard work all the time, they are still an important and appreciated member of the team. Alternatively, you could perform small gestures throughout the year, allowing people to feel important and remembered all year long, and helping to contribute to a positive work setting.

If you are trying to cultivate a positive workplace setting, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Regularly check in with employees to see how they are doing and if they need help with anything. Make the workplace comfortable, such as by providing the right type of office equipment and making it possible for employees to relax without the need to leave work. Finally, show everyone how much you appreciate them. This could occur over the span of a year or just once a year, such as in the form of an office party. These little steps will help employees feel more positive and create a better setting at work. 

Publish Date: January 13, 2020 7:32 PM

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