Julianne Mercer, World Executives Digest | There are many reasons why a lot of people are dissatisfied with their jobs, such as working hours, salary and interpersonal relations. Also, each person values various aspects of work differently, which means it’s quite hard to strike a balance and make compromises that would create conditions suitable enough for an employee to feel satisfied.
Still, it is generally accepted that work environment is one of the most important elements for most people and it’s easy to understand why. It contributes to workers’ satisfaction, productivity and health, which means that creating a positive and productive environment is beneficial to both employers and employees. So, what are the things that make a good work environment?
The promotion of positive values
In order to be able to promote positive values, a company has to start from its mission statement and code of conduct. They have to reflect the company’s positive values and even more importantly, they need to be implemented on a daily basis.
Honest ethical business practices and dedication to quality should be evident in each and every aspect and phase of work if a positive work environment is to be created. Needless to say, the result of such approach will be visible in both the quality of work, workers’ satisfaction and, ultimately, business success.
Communication is key
In the world that places such great value on having the needed information easily available, it’s of utmost importance to have good lines of communication in a company. If employees know that they can voice their opinion and that it will be given due consideration, they are more likely to get involved and engaged. Also, it will give them a sense of validation, which is very important for their overall satisfaction.
On the other hand, employers and managers also benefit greatly from good lines of communication. Apart from boosting morale in the workplace, good communication eventually leads to better quality of work and increased income, which is the ultimate goal.
Work that people like coming to
Everyone would love to have a job and workplace that they like coming to, a place where they’ll feel appreciated and respected. Whether it’s a huge office building in Melbourne or a state-of-the-art coworking space in Sydney, there should be no place for unnecessary stress and negativity.
Learning and professional development
Another extremely important element that contributes to a positive work environment are the development opportunities. If workers are provided with relevant training and tools that will help them stay competitive in today’s market, they’ll be much more productive, satisfied and loyal to the company, which can only translate into great business results.
It goes without saying that leadership is vital when it comes to creating a positive work environment. Leading by example creates a more relaxed, efficient and goal-oriented atmosphere, while establishing good interpersonal relations and communication is crucial for business operations to run as smoothly as possible.
Although each employee should be primarily focused on their job, it doesn’t mean that they should ignore other colleagues. On the contrary, everyone needs to have a good understanding of the big picture and the fact that they are all working together towards a common goal.
A work-life balance
No employee can be satisfied if they can’t afford to pursue their own interests in their free time. If their families suffer because of insufficient income or lack of time the employee can devote to them, it is inevitable for that family to suffer or maybe even fall apart. What’s more, such employee, torn between the need to keep the job and a wish to provide for the family would be under a huge amount of pressure, which will undoubtedly affect their performance. Striking a good work-life balance is absolutely necessary for both the company and its employees.
Finding a workplace that has all these characteristics is not easy, which means that you should appreciate it if you already have it. If, however, you see that you lack some of the features described here, perhaps you should consider changing your job and look for a work environment where you’ll feel more satisfied.