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Tips For A Happy Workplace

Tips For A Happy Workplace

We spend a lot of time at work. A lot of time. I talked last week about how only 13% of people are happy in their job. The figure is a depressing one. Whilst it’s not always possible for people to find their perfect job, there are ways to make other people’s days more enjoyable. After all, we all want to be in a happy workplace.

It’s always worth talking to your colleagues and the staff. Have a chat with them to find out how they feel about the workplace. Are there things that you could do either as a manager or co-worker to make the environment and day more pleasant? Communication is key and whilst a lot of it is down to management, a certain amount of responsibility is down to individual employees to help each other.

Everybody is different. There are many different personality types and this means that a lot of people won’t always get on. This is completely natural. You will likely work in a place where there are several introverts and several extroverts. Whilst this doesn’t necessarily mean that these people won’t get on, it means that they will all approach situations and circumstances differently to each other. They will have different mindsets and likely, completely different comfort zones. This needs bearing in mind when working within the team.

Tips For A Happy Workplace

Flexible working

Flexible working is something that is very often a hit with employees. Many have families these days and it’s important to them to be able to be at the school assembly, or be at the school gate when the bell rings. Whilst this is definitely more available to staff these days than it used to be, there are still many companies that are behind with the times. Flexitime doesn’t have to mean coming in to work as and when the staff choose, but about being approachable, and just that – flexible. Most of the time, staff and colleagues want the best of both worlds. Can working from home be an option? Employees are likely to be extremely grateful if this was available to them. Be understanding that the employees have special commitments outside of work. With a little understanding and communication, there isn’t any real reason why everyone can’t be happy, thus resulting in a happy workplace.

Tips For A Happy Workplace

Awards System

A lot of companies these days have bonus systems in place – this is great. A lot of this is down to performance. How about trying something different in addition? How about having monthly awards or bi-monthly awards where staff can vote for each other to win a voucher of their choice? To boost morale even more within the team, why not have a gratitude jar? This way people will know they are appreciated. Sometimes, more often than not, a kind word or show of appreciation is all people need to feel better about themselves.

Location, location, location

Whilst a converted barn office, with views of rolling hills may seem the ideal place to work, in reality, many businesses are located in high rise buildings where the windows don’t open and even worse, the office has no natural light! In winter months, staff members can enter and leave the office in the dark! (Even if the weather is miserable and the sky is grey, it’s still nice to see it!) If your office allows, try to allocate an outdoor seating area where staff can take their lunch or even just pop out for some fresh air and a break from screen time.

Comfortable workstations

Is the workplace a comfortable one? Do you as staff have a nice workstation? We spend a lot of time at our desks so good quality office furniture is important, not only for physical comfort but for mental too. It’s common sense that your physical surroundings have an impact on your mindset. If you are in a dark dingy room, you are not going to feel as inspired or motivated to work as perhaps you would in a bright and airy office space. The same goes for office furniture. A comfy chair and a desk big enough to work well on will go a long way and work wonders. All companies want to avoid their staff having work related illness such as repetitive strain injury and so this is something that’s really worth taking seriously.

good quality office furniture contributes to a happy workplace

Finishing early

Do all staff need to be in until closing time every single day? Is there enough cover for each member of staff to finish early one day a week? We all love taking off early and what better way to motivate staff to reward them with an early finish once a week?

Know your colleagues

Take the time to get to know each other. Take personality tests like I mentioned earlier. Understand that if someone doesn’t want to come to the next payday night out, it might not be because they are being a party pooper but because they need that time at home to recharge. Understand that the loud one in Human Resources isn’t being rude, that’s just how she is and she doesn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Tips For A Happy Workplace

It’s the little things that can make you feel appreciated or indeed undervalued at work. Taking little steps to make sure staff and colleagues are happy can make all the difference. No one is asking for a complete overhaul, but just showing willing, is a great first step to a happy workplace for all.

 

Do you have a happy workplace? Could your company improve staff morale? How could you feel more appreciated? Let me know in the comments.

 

Many thanks to the following bloggers for contributing to this post:

tippytupps.com, householdmoneysaving.com, toaufinityandbeyond.com, crazyfamilystory.com, thebratrace.com, thehomemakersjournal.com, thegrowingmum.com, reducedgrub.com, thesmallestofthings.com, digitalmotherhood.com, sineadlatham.com, tippytupps.com, slimsights.com

 

Post written in collaboration with Calibre Office Furniture.

 

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40 Comments

  1. Tracy Albiero
    9th October 2017 / 9:07 pm

    I love my job but workplace is at a very low moral. Sadly I know I am not valued. I teach for the kids. They are why I am there.

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:23 pm

      That is such a shame. The kids are lucky to have you though. Thanks for the comment.

  2. 10th October 2017 / 7:05 am

    Wish I could send this to my boss! I work in the rail industry and work a basic week of 48hours. When asked to do overtime and have to knock it back I get told Im not a team player – with two kids I cant do any more hours! Feel very jealous of those who are able to do flexi working! Great post and some great ideas to make the work life balance better #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:21 pm

      How do you have time to blog??!?!? I struggle doing 20 hours!! Go you! X

  3. 10th October 2017 / 7:37 am

    Great tips here. Flexible work is such an important one for me. My employer has been very open and helpful with this, they have approved my request for Flex work both times I’ve had kids! I just wish childcare was cheaper x #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:20 pm

      So good to hear that your employers are helpful, it makes all the difference! X

  4. 10th October 2017 / 9:33 am

    Some great suggestions… the early leave once a week would be a bit hit in most workplaces #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:18 pm

      I think so. It can make such a difference knowing that you have that extra bit of time to yourself 🙂

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:17 pm

      I hope so! 🙂

  5. 10th October 2017 / 11:00 am

    I agree – things like this can make all the difference! My work have just given us all 3 extra personal days a year, which we can take whenever we want, no questions asked, when we just need a bit of time to catch up on things at home or just need a break, which has gone down really well! #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:16 pm

      That’s a great thing for them to do – how lovely! 🙂

  6. 10th October 2017 / 3:11 pm

    good tips here. One of the things that I hear people complain about the most at work is fairness, everybody being treated the same, with the same expectations #triumphnattales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:10 pm

      This one is so important. I can’t stand favouritism in the workplace!

  7. 10th October 2017 / 4:25 pm

    Great post. There’s loads of things my workplace could do to improve morale but having been at my current job for seven years I’ve learnt sometimes you have to accept that other people don’t particular want to change. Which is a big shame. #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:09 pm

      I’ve been in that situation before in the past. Thankfully I ‘got out’ of that job – the Little Man had his uses! 😀

  8. 10th October 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Agree with lots of these and would also add that clarity is key, knowing what is expected of you and your boundaries

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Great additional tip! Thanks! 🙂

  9. 10th October 2017 / 8:48 pm

    Hi, flexible working is indeed an important factor and comfortable practical work station even with hot desking #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      10th October 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Completely agree. We should always be comfortable!

  10. 11th October 2017 / 9:48 am

    I think making a working environment happier can influence positive production X #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      11th October 2017 / 9:58 am

      Definitely!

  11. 13th October 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I don’t currently work, but in my last job the one thing that could’ve made life a lot easier would’ve been middle management getting their act together and making sure they didn’t issue us with last minute tasks, because their planning and timing was crap #triumphanttales

    • Jaki
      14th October 2017 / 7:06 pm

      Oh dear. It doesn’t help when not even the management can be organised!

  12. randommusings29
    13th October 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Reading this reminds me of why I’m so glad I work from home now lol
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    • Jaki
      14th October 2017 / 7:05 pm

      Yes! You are lucky! 🙂

  13. 13th October 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I haven’t been in paid employment for a long time but I have seen my husband go through it all in the various companies he’s worked for. The big thing for him, for us, would be the ability to work from home. Hopefully it’ll happen soon.
    #TirumphantTales

    • Jaki
      14th October 2017 / 7:03 pm

      It’s such a huge weight lifted when you’re able to do so! Hope things work out for you.

  14. 14th October 2017 / 8:30 am

    I haven’t been in a workplace environment for very long time now but I know I would have appreciated all of these things, even more so now that I have children. It’s the flexibility option that is proving a barrier to me returning to work.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

    • Jaki
      14th October 2017 / 7:02 pm

      It’s a shame that more places don’t accommodate it! Thanks for hosting x

    • Jaki
      14th October 2017 / 9:46 pm

      That’s so sad to hear 🙁

  15. mebeingmummy
    15th October 2017 / 11:26 am

    Great tips! It’s amazing how lacking most work places are in taking care of their staff and making them feel valued. Thank you for linking with the #HoneybeeLinky lovely! Xxx

    • Jaki
      15th October 2017 / 9:27 pm

      It’s a real shame. Even little touches can make a huge difference!

  16. 15th October 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Such a brilliant post- as you know I’ve had a really bad experience with going back to work after maternity leave. I wish I had been able to discuss with them how I truly felt but was worried how it would have been received. Thanks so much for linking up to #dreamteam x

    • Jaki
      16th October 2017 / 11:55 am

      Thanks Bridie. So pleased you enjoyed it. I hope things have all worked out for the best for you. All that extra time with Emma must be wonderful xx

  17. 16th October 2017 / 7:57 am

    Great tips Jaki. Staff morale at my last employer was really low. I used to think that if they treated us better then everyone would have worked harder.. Flexible working was important for me after I had Molly but my employer wouldn’t agree to it so I ended up leaving. Thank God I did! lol. #TriumphantTales

    • Jaki
      16th October 2017 / 11:56 am

      Everything happens for a reason! 🙂

  18. 17th October 2017 / 11:42 am

    I don’t work but it is my dream that when I do that I will have a boss who is happy to provide flexible working , just don’t seen how else you can be a parent and work without it. Definitely think having comfortable furniture is important if you’re sat at a desk for hours a day xx #rriunphanttales

  19. Nikolas Whitehead
    5th July 2018 / 5:44 am

    Happy workplace is really important as it will help in increase the productivity and create better surroundings. Thanks for sharing.

    Office furniture manufacturer

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