We are at work for roughly 8+ hours a day. Over 40 hours per week. That’s 160+ hours a month. Ok- you get the point. We spend a lot of our time at work. If we are spending that much time at work, we need to make the best of it and do our part to make it a positive atmosphere. Here are 8 ways we can create a positive work environment.
Say what you mean
If you are having an issue with a co-worker, bring it up with that individual directly. Don’t go behind their back and start talking bad things about them. Bring up the issue so it can be dealt with and hopefully get it resolved. It is not fun working in a work environment where there is tension between co-workers.
Give praises in public
We all like to be told when we are doing a good job. If you have something nice to say about an employee/co-worker, make sure you say it publicly if you want to recognize them for their hard work. But make sure if you want to bring up something they need to work on; to do that in private. No one wants to be called out in front of their co-workers. Praise much more frequently than you criticize. Encourage praise and recognition from employee to employee as well as from the supervisor.
Actions speak louder than words
Be sure your actions “say” what you want them to. Most people can get a sense if you are being fake. Say and do what you mean. Be aware of your body language, the tone of voice, and your demeanor and expression in all of your interactions at work.
Be respectful of everyone. Everyone has a different job that they do and something different they bring to the team. Showing respect for everyone goes a long way. Treat people with courtesy, politeness, and kindness.
Create performance goals
Whether your company does performance reviews or not, it is a good idea to set goals for yourself. Make sure the goals are challenging but attainable. Monitor your performance and be ready to explain what you have done. These would be great to bring up to your boss to show that you want to learn and grow in your role.
Seek input from employees/co-workers
It is a great idea to get input from others. Use people’s ideas to change or improve work. Let employees know you used their idea, or, better yet, encourage the person with the idea to implement the idea.
Ask for suggestions
Encourage coworkers to express opinions and ideas. From suggestions on how to improve business operations to where the next team lunch should be. People want to feel included and by asking them what they think is a great way to get people to offer their suggestions.
There are many other ways to create a positive work environment. The point is to work together as a team to make it a good place to work. Everyone has their part in making work a great place to be.