Workers say that a good working environment is the most important motivator in staying long-term at a company. Whether it be your co-workers or the physical environment, getting it right is key to forming a happy workforce. So how do you know if your working environment is positive and conducive to the productivity of your workforce?
Here are some poor working environment warning signs to look out for:
Office is Depressing
The walls are grey, the desks are plain and the walls are a dull, lacklustre brown. There’s a wilting pot plant in the corner, the blinds are perpetually closed and everything’s a little grubby and uninspiring.
Never underestimate the power of a paint job and a tidy working area. We may not consciously think about it, but psychologists say that we have very definite emotional responses to various colours. Browns, greys and beiges are desperately uninteresting and can even lower efficiency and output in the workplace.
There is also research to suggest that allowing an employee to take ownership and individualise their desk can increase productivity by up to 30%.
Small groups and cliques are forming within the workplace and it’s very difficult to hold a conversation with anybody. They have very differing opinions and may talk negatively about other fractions within the workforce. Instead of coming together as a team, there’s too much infighting (or in ignoring) for the workers to be truly cohesive.
This can also lead to inconsistent policies and favouritism for other people within a certain clique. Hiring and promoting friends is a sure-fire way to isolate good workers.
Lack of Leadership
If senior management are constantly in meetings or conferences and the only time workers see them is when they rush in to the office to get something up off the desk, before rushing out again, there could be a problem.
Good leadership in a business is more important than ever. Managers and supervisors have an enormous impact on the morale and motivation of the workforce. It is important, therefore, that you choose the right managers or supervisors and give them the best training to complete their role effectively.
If you have concerns that your work environment is driving workers away, it may be time to make some changes. A lick of paint or a bit of management training can be all you need.