Negative work environments are everywhere. Positive workplaces tend to exhibit a common set of traits that foster excellence, productivity and camaraderie.
A job, by definition, is not necessarily fun, or enjoyable. Work is hard. Dealing with work stresses day in and day out is hard. Learning how to find a balance in life between the stresses and pressures of work and life outside of work is hard. Learning how to offset this by creating a great place to work is essential for your sanity, your success – and the success of your business.
One of the most important lessons that many leading companies have learned is that encouraging and fostering a work environment that is fun and that inspires employees to find joy in their work can reap enormous benefits. Happy employees are loyal employees, and loyal employees can do amazing things. This is one of the keys to success for such industry leaders as Google and Apple.
Here are ten key reasons why creating a workplace and an office environment that people love is critical for your business:
- Happiness has a multiplying effect
Happiness is contagious, and when encouraged can spread throughout an entire company. Employees who find joy in their work make excellent role models for their fellow workers and encourage them to also find joy in their work.
- Happy employees are successful employees
Employees who genuinely enjoy their work are more productive, happier, and more successful. This increases self-confidence and inspires greater performance and success for both employee and employer.
- Happy employees have the right attitude
Unhappy employees have a negative attitude that can permeate their work and stifle job performance and creativity. Happy employees, on the other hand, have a positive can-do attitude that allows them to succeed.
- Reducing stress increases productivity
Stressed-out employees are distracted employees. This can have a devastating effect on productivity. Eliminating stress and worry can lead to an instant productivity boost.
- A positive work environment encourages risk-taking
Business is not about playing it safe. Business is about taking the right risk for the right rewards. Happy employees are more likely to take calculated risks, while unhappy employees are more likely to play it safe.
- Happy employees support each other
Positive, fully engaged employees are more willing to support fellow workers and to provide positive support and encouragement for group projects. And happy employees are more likely to ask for support if it is needed.
- Happy employees are not afraid to make mistakes
A supportive work environment encourages your team to learn from their mistakes rather than fear them. Mistakes can be a powerful learning tool that can lead to unforeseen success. Workers who are afraid to make mistakes will miss important learning opportunities.
- Leaders lead by example
Managers who find real joy in their jobs – and encourage their workers to enjoy their work – inspire confidence, dedication and loyalty. Leaders who set positive examples are a critical component of the success of any business.
- Happiness inspires creativity
Innovation is the lifeblood of any business, and happy employees are inspired, creative employees who will create the solutions your business needs to succeed.
- People like to work with happy people
Finding joy in your work can yield enormous benefits by improving relationships between employees and employer. Happy workers are more willing to work together for the common good, more likely to encourage company loyalty, and more like to encourage the strong team building that is vital to your company’s success.
Linnda Durré, PhD, a psychotherapist and author, teaches you to be on the lookout for these 9 characteristics of a healthy workplace.
1. Positive values
A positive mission statement outlines the goals and demonstrative behaviour that exemplify the highest commitment to quality and service to each other, the company, customers and shareholders. The company sets out to achieve its goals in ethical, honest ways with an elevated sense of purpose to improving the planet and humanity.
2. Relaxed and productive atmosphere
People enjoy coming to work and feel appreciated, acknowledged and rewarded. Signs of fear, domination, bullying, sexual harassment, and intimidation are absent. Creativity, productivity, and thinking outside the box flourish.
3. Commitment to excellence
Employees give 200%. They strive to be the best and to deliver top-quality products and services. They take responsibility for their actions and decisions.
4. Open and honest communication
Everyone communicates in a cards-on-the-table manner, solving difficulties in a positive way. They don’t play nasty revenge games when given difficult feedback. Instead, they view feedback as an opportunity for growth.
5. Cooperation, support, and empowerment
Can-do, go-the-extra-mile and win-win attitudes are evident. Employees have a sense of camaraderie, cooperation, and empowerment. Healthy competition exists without vengeful, spiteful backstabbing.
6. Sense of humour
Employees keep things in perspective, have fun, and laugh. Laughter generates endorphins, our natural antidepressants.
7. Compassion, respect, and understanding
Kindness and understanding prevail when employees face challenges such as accidents, illnesses, personal tragedies, and natural disasters. People will usually go the extra mile for others when they’re treated well and with understanding, compassion, and respect.
The company and its employees embrace change, accommodate new trends and technology, and incorporate new skills. They know if they don’t, the business will end up a dinosaur. As the saying goes, “Change is the only constant.”
9. Positive reinforcement
People need acknowledgement, appreciation, and gratitude to be motivated. Genuine compliments, rewards, bonuses, raises, promotions, and certificates of achievement are oil in the machinery. The company thanks employees regularly in these ways.
We spend so much of our life at work and in today’s tough business climate there are more challenges and stresses than ever before. How can we create a more positive work environment when we have no authority to make changes? The reality is, the attitude we bring to work plays a big part. If we treat others with respect, trust, patience and encouragement, we are more likely to be treated in the same way.