How to Create a Great Work Environment for Your Staff
Staff management is an art, and eats up a large part of every working (and occasionally weekend) day for every manager and business owner. But did you know that investing in your office space is a proven way to generate morale, team spirit and hard work from your team? Every recruitment blog pushes the “love what you do” line, so here are five tips to ensure your employees love coming to work.
Tip One: Make the office furniture comfortable.
Invest in quality office chairs,office desksand workstations to make sure your employees don’t spend the day stretching and going for walks to relieve the tensions and pain that comes from shoddy work furniture. If you’ve noticed that your staff spend too much time trying to diffuse the pain of spending hours at their desks, it’s definitely time to supply your workforce withcomfortable and sustainable office furniture. The cost of workers taking time off due to repetitive stress syndrome, or worse injury from poorly design work areas is considerably higher then the cost of a quality chair and workstation. Especially if they sue your office for poor OHS, or find another job. Quality office furniture can come in a range of styles and shapes but be wary of chairs with no back support and desks with incorrect height that cause your employees to have to stoop or stretch to type and view their monitor comfortably.Tip Two: Make the office furniture fun.
The days of boring offices are over! Prospective clients no longer expect their service providers to be 100% serious, and all work and no play. In this era of business where vision and innovation are the bylines for success, an office that is straight-backed grey chairs and budget white tables screams a business manager and staff with neither of these critical attributes. Your staff need to feel energized, comfortable and excited to be at the office to produce their best work. The easiest way to create a great workplace for staff is to invest in colourful chairs and workplace accessories such as pinboards and partitions. By pairing brightly coloured office chairs and accessories with sleek, neutral coloured desks you create a workplace where colour is encouraging, but not distracting when your employees twirls their chair to their computer and gets to work.
Tip Three: Equip your staff to provide their best work for every project.
All business owners understand the importance in equipping their staff with quality computers, but have you considered the other oft-utilized tools in your office? What exactly do your staff brainstorm on, stick notices to or put their reports into? By investing in quality office accessories such as whiteboards, pinboards and filing cabinets you are encouraging team work, sharing success stories, organization and initiative amongst your staff. Everyone knows that these factors are not only crucial for a business staying in the black, but also for keeping your staff on board and satisfied with their work.
Tip Four: Replace broken furniture and fix décor disasters.
Not only is broken furniture uncomfortable for your staff and disconcerting for your clients, it also shows that your staff isn’t important enough to you to fix the issue. If you don’t replace broken office chairs, why would your staff approach you with a new idea about better ways to work, or meet your clients needs? Keeping your office furniture up to scratch is an easy way to invest in your employees work satisfaction and enthusiasm, and will earn you loyalty from your key assets.