The studies show that a happy work environment can make you more productive. A positive work environment can boost morale and employee retention. Business News Daily says, “Your work environment impacts your mood, drive, mental health, and performance.” What makes for a positive work environment? Is it individualized? How can you find the right work environment for you?
Elements of a Good Working Environment
When we define work environment, we’re not just talking about the physical space but also about the culture that inhibits or fosters employee productivity. This is especially true since so many of us work from home now. What does a good work environment look like for you?
We think a positive work environment should:
Foster growth and motivate you to succeed.
You should be motivated by positive reinforcement, public praise, and tangible rewards to keep you feeling good about your work. Your work should also have meaning beyond just profit. Knowing why you’re doing the job and what your goals are is important.
Promote collaboration between teams.
Do you feel connected to your team? Does the culture support and encourage collaboration? Do you have the tools you need to stay connected in this era of social distancing? Teamwork is not only the foundation for corporate success, but also the glue that retains a workforce long term.
Be transparent and honest.
The best workplaces thrive on open and honest communication. They focus on the positive along with the reasons “why” you’re striving toward a goal. In fact, goal-setting isn’t a top-down maneuver by management, but a process of discussing the how and why of the goals that matter.
Offer work/life balance.
If you’re working remotely, it’s hard sometimes to find work/life balance. But the best work environments encourage you to carve out time where you’re being productive with no distractions. The employer works to manage stress levels and encourages time off as a way to recharge and rejuvenate.
Be compassionate and empathetic.
A good work environment creates understanding between colleagues. There’s an understanding of the challenges you face and a concerted effort by management to give you all the tools you need to succeed. You feel heard in these environments in a way that validates your hard work and effort. You know that the team and the company cares about you and wants you to improve and reach your goals.
Reward you for your effort.
We cannot stress enough the value of positive reinforcement to increase your job satisfaction. Positive reinforcement creates a positive work environment. It’s a feeling of “we can do this” and it makes you want to succeed for both you and your team. Some examples of positive reinforcement that create this kind of environment include bonuses and small rewards such as a catered lunch or a gift card. It also includes the ability to advance and grow with tuition or other educational stipends or other types of perks such as stipends to support your working from home.
If you are not experiencing the benefits of the right work environment, IES is here to help. We match top employers in great work environments with top talent. How can we help you today?