How to promote a positive work environment: Science-based ideas

December 13, 2021

How to promote positive work environment

Even with 4 days work weeks becoming more popular , we still spend a lot of our time working. Although many people don’t exactly look forward to going into the office every day or logging on remotely, a positive work environment is key for promoting happiness and preventing burnout. 

When employees feel appreciated at work, they are less stressed and more productive. Moreover, a positive work environment benefits everyone since it allows people to enjoy improved health and well-being while doing their best work. Additionally, companies can enjoy lower turnover rates and a more engaged workforce.

How to promote a positive work environment the right way

All good managers understand the importance of having a positive work environment. In fact, not ensuring that the employees are happy with the work environment is a clear sign of a bad boss. Here are some science-based ideas on how to promote a positive work environment.

Prioritize onboarding and training

The first few days at a new job might not seem like a big deal—after all, it takes some time for people to settle into their new role and become part of the team. But as a new hire, the onboarding process can make a big difference in job satisfaction. Moreover, it sets the tone for the workplace and a bad first impression can be disastrous.

One BambooHR survey found that onboarding plays a role in excessive turnover. The survey found that 17% of new hires quit within three months due to poor onboarding practices. Turnover at that pace is extremely expensive, inefficient, and can have an impact on morale. 

That’s why creating a positive work environment includes prioritizing onboarding and training. Your new hires need to feel like they are part of the team from day one. If they come in and their desk isn’t ready, no one can answer their questions, and they struggle to get anything done, they probably aren’t going to stick around. 

Instead, pay attention to the details of onboarding and training. Ensure that everything is set up in advance, as this signals that your organization values a new hire. Appoint a mentor to answer questions and immerse new employees in the culture of your organization.

Treat employees with respect

It should be a given to treat all of your employees with respect, but many people don’t feel respected at work, especially when the organization hasn’t committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Respecting people should be a core organizational and cultural value that everyone follows. 

When things get busy, it’s easy to be rude or forget to be respectful as we rush from task to task. But if a lack of respect becomes a chronic problem, people will start to get frustrated and will eventually leave.

One way to ensure that respect becomes non-negotiable is to revisit your core organizational values and encompass respect for all within them. This is a simple task, but it gives everyone a guide to follow and contributes to a positive work environment.

Encourage collaboration and communication

A positive work environment doesn’t mean that everyone works in isolation. Even if your team largely works on a remote basis, it’s still important to get the team together for bonding and to prioritize clear and respectful remote communication

Encourage your team to help each other out on projects and work together to come up with new ideas. Give everyone the space and time to socialize and take adequate breaks so they can decompress and get to know each other. These activities build trust and are crucial for creating a great work environment. 

You should also consider hosting formal team events, whether your office is virtual or in-person. This will help to improve team bonds and allow people to open up and communicate. Many interpersonal problems are caused by poor communication, so it’s important to prioritize clear communication and help people become comfortable with one another.

Create a comfortable work environment

If you’re planning to reopen your office after COVID, it’s critical to think about the health and safety of doing so. To create a healthy workplace and a comfortable work environment, you need to create a thorough plan with clear policies to bring employees back. 

On the safety side of things, you may want to bring your employees back only after they are vaccinated. Testing regularly can also help prevent an outbreak in the office. As we don’t know exactly how the virus will affect society in the coming years, you may need to adjust these policies as time goes on. 

Employee comfort should also be an emphasis. Many people have gotten used to working from home at this point. When they come into the office, it will be a transition and it might be challenging for some. Providing comfortable workstations and break areas will help.

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