Did you know that the average person spends roughly one-third of their lifetime working? That’s a significant chunk of people’s lives which, if not spent in a healthy and happy environment, can have drastic impacts on their overall quality of life. While creating a positive work environment should always be a high priority for employers, it is especially important today when discussing the transition after COVID-19. In fact, employees expect more than just their compensation. They want to be able to walk into the office knowing that they are safe and in the best environment possible to perform their job how it’s supposed to be done.
Most individuals have been forced to work from home for several months, which has consequently lead many companies to re-evaluate their working environment. Companies know that they have a certain responsibility for cultivating a positive workplace environment for their employees. As we are now seeing today, a positive and supportive working environment can play a major role in an employee’s overall productivity. So, how can companies adjust their current office environment and overall practices to support the physical and mental health of their employees?
It’s not solely for the health of their employees (though this is a major incentive, especially after dealing with COVID-19). Companies can see impressive ROIs from implementing health and wellness programs, and satisfied workers are generally more productive and less likely to quit. And it avoids the downfalls of negative work environments (which include costly employee turnover and a poor business reputation). As we are now seeing through this pandemic, the physical health of employees can seriously affect a business’ overall success, which is why many companies are adjusting their current practices to shift towards a more hygienic, safe, and supportive office.
If you’re ready to boost employee morale, then let’s discuss how to create a positive work culture.
The Importance of Creating a Positive Work Environment
In the past, compensation was the primary consideration for job-seekers. Blue-collar workers wanted fair pay, attractive benefits, and job security. While these elements are still important, modern workers have come to expect more from their vocation. In today’s shifting landscape, employees have even higher expectations from their employers. As we are seeing now, many companies are having to face a new challenge: how to keep employees happy and healthy at all times, even in the wake of a pandemic. Job satisfaction now depends on:
The opportunity to develop new skills.
The ability to grow within the company.
A healthy work-life balance.
A sense that the work is meaningful.
Recognition for a job well done.
A safe and sanitary work environment
In white-collar spaces, companies have evolved to deliver on these expectations. However, many blue-collar spaces have yet to catch up. To successfully attract and retain blue-collar workers, companies must offer these features of a positive work environment.
The Costs of a Negative Work Environment
Organizational psychologists have conducted a wealth of interesting research on the relationship between work environments and job satisfaction. It shows how companies that value their employees’ experiences are rewarded with greater productivity and an improved bottom line.
In turn, companies that promote a cutthroat culture end up harming their own best interests. This is due to the hidden costs of increased turnover, employee disengagement, and a reduction in employee health.