The workplace should not be a place people fear every day. In fact, employees need to have a hard time leaving their jobs because they enjoy their tasks as well as the challenges they face when working. While work can sometimes be difficult, the culture at the place of work should not in any way add to the pressures or stress employees face. The culture of an organization should be such that it alleviates the stress of the employees. If you are wondering how to go about it, here are four key principles for nurturing a healthy workplace culture.
1. Begin with Gratitude
Working together is a privilege and not a right. Begin every week with an all-hands meeting session where you get to congratulate yourselves on the milestones achieved. Giving your employees an opportunity to express their appreciation in public forums raises their morale and established a positive tone for the days to come. Starting with gratitude in any given situation creates the spirit of appreciation which permeates through the entire organization.
2. Create a Safe Environment
Nothing is as damaging as the toxicity in a professional environment. Bad attitude stifles innovation and inhibits collaboration. Establishing an environment that is safe for people to work will mean getting rid of the negative personalities and respect the opinion and ideas of others within the organization. As the management, it’s imperative to lead with integrity and honesty so your employees can feel safe in their workspaces.
3. Workforce Management
Excellent workforce management is key to ensuring consistency within an organization. With the many trends emerging in a company, it is imperative to utilize management systems that work appropriately for your company. It is easy to replicate what your competitors are doing, but you need to be certain that whatever approaches you use to manage your workforce works for your culture. It is important to note that when employees are well-managed, they will be consistent with what they do because they will feel they are a part of the business.
4. Get Rid of Dirty Dishes in the Sink
This metaphor simply means “do not leave your mess for others to clean.” Nothing is as frustrating as having to pick up a project or an assignment left by another person only to find that there are missing files or the work was incorrectly done. Ensuring there is no mess is a functional mess, but the emotional definition is “respect people’s time”. If an individual has to take time from their usual routines to search for misplaced or missing documents, what it means is that you don’t care about their time. The most valuable currency in an organization is time, and when you don’t respect your colleague’s time, it means you are creating a negative workplace environment.
Staff members who appreciate their colleagues are more likely to work harder for the organization they are in. Consider the above steps to create a healthy workplace culture and ensure you have employees who are engaged and satisfied.