Creating a Positive Work Environment
Posted on Fri Apr 15, 2022
Creating a Positive Work Environment
Have you ever worked in less than pleasant working conditions? The work was mind-numbing, the boss was micromanaging, and you always kept looking for a way out.
In my past work experiences, I’ve had great, interactive bosses; however, other employers tried to micro-manage me or never provided any direction or feedback. The ones who communicated with me and valued my opinion, made it a pleasant place to work. I felt important and respected by my employer because he or she trusted me to do the job I was hired to do.
Creating a happier work environment is an effective way to retain employees for a longer period of time, ultimately keeping great workers and saving your company money. Good morale can also make employees more efficient in their work, which leads to a successful business. And who wouldn’t want that?
Here are three helpful ways you can provide a happy work environment for your employees, according to Business News Daily:
- Work-Life Balance
One of the most important ways to produce a happier workplace is by giving employees a healthy work-life balance. Make them feel connected to the organization and offer incentives that increase a team member’s quality of life. Doing this shows that you care about their happiness. Knowing that the company cares about them, can make employees more satisfied with their workplace.
- Feeling Important
Make sure all employees are being informed about important company happenings so that they feel included and significant. Tell workers what part they play in the entirety of the company’s mission and plans. Showing them what their purpose is in the big picture and making them feel vital to the team can improve employee’s sense of importance.
- Frequent Praise
Employees will be more willing to contribute their talents when their hard work is consistently recognized. According to some studies, smaller and frequent feedback is more effective than one large event of celebration. When employees feel like they are doing a great job, they are more confident in themselves and their work.
Using these tips can lead to a much happier work environment. Overall, employees want a great work-life balance, to know their work is meaningful, and to know they are doing a good job.
Tips for surviving the holidays with your family
Thanksgiving is near and it's time to eat all the turkey and stuffing that you want until you have to discreetly unbuckle your pants – a great time, indeed. But while you’re enjoying your food, you have to sit at the table with… your family. A concoction of too many personality types all under one roof, which could even make the pie not worth sticking around to eat.
My family has had our fair share of arguments at the Thanksgiving table, leading to people walking out before dinner even began.
How can you handle the madness which is your family? Here are some great tips, according to The Muse, on how to make the eye-rolling conversations more bearable.
Be a Great Communicator
Go into your Thanksgiving dinner with an open mind and these tips:
- When someone at the table says something you don’t agree with, don’t jump into defensive mode. Ask questions to understand their side, instead of cutting them off.
- Instead of using “but” use “and” in your discussions. This shows respect for what the other person has to say and is a way to build on the other person’s idea while you also add in your own.
Be Prepared for the Topic of Politics
It’s almost inevitable that someone in your family will bring up some form of politics. Be prepared by using these tips:
- Assume that the person who brought up politics cares about the issues at hand and doesn’t just want to start an argument.
- Use “I” statements. When saying “You…” people can typically become defensive.
- When someone seems too passionate or the conversation seems like it is going nowhere, just step back and keep quiet until the other person is finished with their rant.
Be Ready for Disagreements
Know how to take on a disagreement with these tips:
- If a disagreement occurs, mirror your audience’s language. This doesn’t mean that if they are shaking their fists, that you should do the same. But knowing the mindset of the other person and responding from the same place that they are coming from will more than likely diminish the argument faster. Knowing where your audience is coming from can help you resonate with them.
- Using a positive tone and body language can diminish the argument quickly. If you are positive, the other person will likely take on a more positive attitude.
Go forth this Thanksgiving holiday and have faith that you can face your family knowing these great communication tips.