Positive workplace culture
Establishing a positive workplace culture has a variety of benefits for both you and your staff. Find out how to achieve this
Establishing and nurturing a positive workplace culture is known to boost employee productivity and confidence. A positive culture in the workplace also means a workforce will also have less absenteeism, a higher employee retention rate, attract better candidates and help to motivate staff.
Promoting a positive working culture can be achieved in a number of ways.
Respect and support
Staff who feel harassed at work may suffer from distress or anxiety which will adversely affect their productivity. Therefore, fostering respect amongst staff is crucial to your workplace cultureStaff should feel that their contribution is valuable and recognised, and that they are treated fairly and equally. Staff who feel respected and supported are likely to develop greater company loyalty and an increased work ethic.
Transparency of processes and communication will make staff feel more involved, secure and that they are being treated equally.
The health of your team is essential for keeping the environment positive. All team members should have access to Occupational Health & Safety training.
It is important that a team feels supported by its manager in terms of the performance management of team members, and there should be a robust process in place. Managers should ensure that their team has been effectively built for optimum performance, that members are all 'pulling their weight' and working harmoniously. Conversely, staff must feel that they are trusted with their jobs, and not micro-managed.
Lead by example
Don't stand back as a manager - get stuck in. If you take a positive, constructive approach to your own performance objectives and other people, your team will be more likely to do the same. Additionally, you shouldn't be afraid to 'get your hands dirty' – why should you expect someone in your team to do something you wouldn't do yourself?
Team members should not feel the need to compete in terms of who works the longest hours, or 'shouts' the loudest – attributes which do not by any means always equate to the most productive workers. Praising those with a good 'work-life' balance and those who listen and negotiate will foster a more confident work ethic amongst the whole workplace.
There is value in scheduling team-building exercises or fun days out. Your team may work together every day, but they may not have had the chance to really get to know each other as people. Such knowledge can be valuably transferred to create better working relationships and build trust between team members.
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