The secret to a happier workplace
It’s not rocket science… A positive, vibrant working environment helps with employee retention and recruitment. A little creativity and presence of mind can go a long way towards creating a happier workplace for your employees, but defining clear expectations and effective hiring practices is essential!
Below are five simple tips to help you get started:
1. Employ positive personalities
Experience and past achievements are the standard ‘go-to’ when interviewing candidates, and rightly so, but ignoring the individuals personality is a mistake.
As the saying goes, ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’. Look for the intangibles. Think about how you actually feel around this person. Are they glass half full or empty? Do they laugh? Do they smile? Do you feel comfortable in their presence? A track record is very important, but bringing an individual on board with the propensity for negativity can flatten productivity and motivation.
2. Acknowledge your staff
This sounds simple, but many organisations struggle with the disconnect between management and staff. Introduce a policy whereby management and executives take the time to work alongside, or simply stay in touch with lower level employees. The simple act of acknowledging your employees can change the entire atmosphere, and create a much more positive workplace environment.
3. Get Out of the Work Routine Occasionally
The busier your organisation becomes, the easier it is to overlook the bigger picture. At this point, employee perks, events and excursions can fall by the wayside. Remember to treat and reward your staff. A team building exercise at Go Ape, an afternoon meal at a local restaurant, Pizza in the office, etc… Anything that makes your staff feel valued will generate positivity and increase productivity.
4. Encourage Some Selfish Thinking
Encourage your staff by helping them to visualise and realise their own personal aspirations. When working toward personal goals, workplace politics and stresses don’t matter as much. People are able to separate themselves from their jobs and avoid the pitfalls of negativity when they are focused on reaching personal goals.
5. Focus on the Positive
It’s easy to focus on the negative, but if you only look for the bad everything will appear bleak. Instead, try to focus on the positives! This doesn’t mean ignoring areas in need of improvement, but when you are looking for the good, you will inevitably find it.
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