Benefits of a Happy Work Environment
Positive Workplace Culture – Benefits of a Happy Work Environment
‘The truth is that when the workplace culture is right, your employees will want to come to work each day – and the chances that they could quit will be reduced’
The workplace culture within your business can have a massive effect on its overall success. Nurturing an environment where employees are engaged and productive involves more than having a value statement or allowing casual Fridays. A positive work environment engenders team spirit, making for more productivity in the workplace.
The truth is that when the workplace culture is right, your employees will want to come to work each day – and the chances that they could quit will be reduced. Some business owners think that creating a positive workplace culture can be a time-consuming process, and a drain on the organisation’s resources, but this does not have to be. Identifying and evaluating already existing patterns in need of change is the first step to creating a positive and happy culture in the workplace.
But how can you create a positive workplace culture within the company?
Provide a Sense of Purpose
Employees who are unsure about a company’s direction will struggle to remain engaged. It is important to show your employees how their effort is driving the success of the business, and at the same time, leverage your mission/value statement to remind them of how their work will impact on the future of the business and in turn their professional success.
Create a Clear Path
‘Create opportunities for your employees to continue to learn and improve through training, and when they can see they are progressing, they will be more motivated and dedicated to their work.’
Employees are not only concerned about the company’s direction and future – they also want to know if the company will afford them the opportunity for growth. Create opportunities for your employees to continue to learn and improve through training, and when they can see they are progressing, they will be more motivated and dedicated to their work.
Examples of promoting personal development through qualifications are the Health and Social Care Diploma QCF Level 3, for your carers and supervisors and Level 5 in Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care for managers. CQC are keen to see all RCM’s evidencing or working towards the necessary qualifications, Skills for Care advise ‘having the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services, choosing the pathway:
• Management of Adult Services or
• Management of Adult Residential Services.’
Of course, these are formal qualifications, however, there is a plethora of other role related courses to enhance the working experience of employees across the board. These courses ultimately impact on service delivery and client satisfaction, it’s a ‘win win’ situation!
Is a rigid work day essential for your employees? You could consider implementing a flexible working hours policy so your employees can balance their priorities. For example, allowing your employees to start a little later, if managed effectively, is unlikely to affect your business. However, flexibility will make a world of difference in the life of your employees allowing them to attend appointments and commitments without fear of criticism and having to use that very precious holiday entitlement. It makes so much sense to accommodate people’s needs and to be active in looking after their mental health.
Workplace burnout can cause stress, sleep problems, anxiety, and so much more. To avoid this, determine the workload that is ideal for each employee so they can be proud of their work. Also ensure they are sufficiently challenged by their work, to prevent boredom, and disengagement, from creeping in.
Benefits of a Positive Workplace Culture
‘A healthy and positive work environment is a breeding ground for employees who give their all.’
· Employees can go on with their jobs, aiming to be more productive, rather than focusing on what may be going wrong with the company and its leadership team.
· Employees are proud to work in a positive environment, and they will likely share their great experiences with their social networks, helping to boost the company’s brand and reputation.
· Employees in a positive work space share their knowledge and experience among one another, helping to improve productivity, efficiency, and performance.
· Increased commitment means reduced turnover and hiring costs.
· Your employees will be happier, more satisfied, and more loyal.
A healthy and positive work environment is a breeding ground for employees who give their all. By employing initiatives that focus on meeting the needs of your employees, you can build a positive workplace culture that thrives even in challenging times.