As a small business owner, you have an unparalleled level of control over your work environment. You can take steps to enhance productivity in your workplace, and those productivity gains will directly impact the bottom line.
So how do you set up your workspace for success? How do you improve the work environment and enhance the happiness of your workers? Here are some simple steps to building a better work environment - and a more successful business.
Use Sound to Your Advantage
UE.co believes that it is important to create both quiet spaces and busy areas. Some people thrive on the hustle and bustle, while others need a quiet space to concentrate. Set all of your employees up for success by creating quiet and bustling spaces into your office design.
Something as simple as designating a spare office or conference room as a space for quiet concentration can go a long way. On the other end of the spectrum, an open office space will encourage sharing and give noise-loving workers what they need.
Communication is the key to productivity and successful employee retention, so look for ways to encourage it every chance you get. Start by cultivating a friendly workspace, a place where employees want to talk to one another.
You can further encourage healthy communication by creating an open-door policy. Encourage employees to voice their concerns and share their ideas. By following these simple strategies, you will end up with a happier and more loyal workforce.
Allow Personalization of Workspaces
As a small business owner, you probably spend more time at the office than your own home, and you want that space to be as comfortable as possible. But you are not the only one spending lots of time in the workplace - your employees are there nearly as long.
Allowing personalization in the workplace can boost morale and encourage loyalty, and this policy is an easy one to implement. Even if you need to place some restrictions on workplace decorations, your employees will appreciate the freedom they are given.
Encourage Community Involvement
Whether you start a company softball team or volunteer to clean up a local park, community involvement feels good, but it can also boost workplace productivity and enhance loyalty to the company. If you want to build a better workplace, encouraging community involvement is a great place to start. Recently, UE.co established a scholarship to give back to young innovators in the community, for instance.
You can make your community involvement efforts more effective and more fun by ordering company swag and handing it out. Outfitting everyone with matching t-shirts can be a wonderful way to advertise your business while making everyone feel like part of the team.
Take the Time to Say Thank You
Do your employees only hear from you when they do something wrong? Or do you take the time to say thank you for a job well done? If you want to improve the work environment and foster loyalty, it pays to be the latter kind of boss.
The best bosses go out of their way to show their gratitude, knowing that doing so can bolster loyalty and sharply reduce costly turnover. So, take the time to say thank you when your workers do their jobs well.
As a small business owner, building a better workplace starts with you. As the owner of the business, you have all the control, and the steps you take now can make a world of difference later.
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