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8 things companies need to do to foster a positive work environment

Creating a positive work environment for your team will allow you to get the most out of your employees. The more your employees feel accepted and happy, the more motivated they will be to work. Here are 8 things companies need to do to foster a positive work environment that will yield great results for your employees and your company.

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1. Have good and clear communication practices

To encourage a good working environment, it is key to foster good and clear communication between employees and between a boss and his or her team. Employees need to not only understand what is expected of them, but what they can also expect from you.

Establishing an open door policy fosters employee trust and facilitates the flow of important information and feedback throughout the organization. Management teams, in turn are able to more effectively utilize feedback to act upon.

To encourage good and clear communication, you should also engage in meaningful in-person chats. Finding out about their goals and interests will establish you as someone who genuinely cares for his or her employees.

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2. Show your appreciation

One of the reasons for a negative work environment is a lack of appreciation and respect from management to employees. To foster a positive work environment, show your appreciation to your employees by offering a “nice job” or even a simple “thank you”. You would also want to support your appreciation with a detailed explanation behind your appreciation, so that your employees not only know that you are paying attention to their work, but will also be able to understanding what they did well and keep doing it.

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3. Listen and be open to ideas

A study conducted by Harvard Business Review meticulously documented the behavioral patterns of 3,492 participants to help managers become better coaches through being great listeners.

Encourage your employees to voice ideas and be open to them. Everyone has great ideas and can bring their own perspective and experience to a project. This will demonstrate that each employee of the company is valued and his or her opinions matter. Encourage all your employees to share their ideas, even the more quiet employees.

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4. Spread happiness

A simple “Good morning” and “Hi” goes a long way when it comes to setting a positive tone in the office. Doing so would also make you more approachable to employees who might be afraid or shy about approaching someone in management position or HR.

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5. Show your trust

Instead of hovering over your employees and micro-managing their work, let go and allow the individuals to own their projects. Your instinct might be to micro-manage so that everything runs exactly as you want it to run, however, this would only create a negative work environment for everyone.

“Micromanaging is a fear-based behavior that has a negative effect on employee engagement and productivity.”

— Fleet Maull, Founder-CEO of Windhorse Seminars & Consulting

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6. Avoid criticizing in public

No one likes to be made embarrassed in front of others, and criticizing employees publicly can create a sense of embarrassment for everyone present and also diminish their respect for you as a leader.

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7. Laugh and have fun

While maintaining a professional work environment is important, it does not mean it has to be dull. Having a sense of enjoyment and being able to be yourself at work will allow your employees to enjoy their working hours and perform better.

Extracted from Harvard University’s research guide library, a globally renowned psychologist and father of lateral thinking, saliently reinforces in that:

“ Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.”

— Dr Edward de Bono

Henceforth, you should encourage your employees to decorate their work spaces or organize a spontaneous pause in the day to laugh about topics outside of work. However, it is important to communicate and demonstrate that humour is unacceptable if it involves harassing or insulting comments.

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8. Celebrate wins and special occasions

Another way to encourage a positive work environment is to celebrate wins and special occasions. Encourage your employees to share something positive that is going on with their work in a meeting, and celebrate a big win with a company sponsored meal or gift. Find reasons to also celebrate each employee’s milestones, such as a birthday or a work anniversary.

A recent study spearheaded by economists at the University of Warwick found that happiness led to a 12% spike in productivity. Conversely, unhappy workers proved 10% less productive.

It is important to remember that you are the one to set the tone for your employees. A negative leader will only contribute to a negative work environment. It is important to regularly assess if you are contributing and fostering a positive work environment.

Written by: Shaun Yim, Digital Marketing Executive, Peoplewave.

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