Six ways to create a better workplace environment

People spend about a third of their lives working so it's vital that they feel comfortable and at ease at work. We take a look at some of the ways you can make a better workplace environment.

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It’s impossible to enjoy your job all the time, but the kind of environment you work in - and the workplace culture that surrounds it - has a massive impact on how you feel about your job and colleagues.

Here are a six ways to create a workplace environment that boosts business communication, employee engagement and productivity.

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  1. Build a communicative workplace

    Build a communicative workplace

    There's nothing worse than a workplace where the only sounds are the relentless tapping of keyboards and an occasional sigh. The so-called "pin drop syndrome", when it's so quiet that people feel afraid to speak, is the bugbear of many employees. Take steps to encourage your employees to talk to one another.

    You could dedicate a specific area in the workspace for people to relax and have a friendly chat. It could be a place where they can catch up over lunch or exchange ideas about an upcoming project. And, of course, corporate communication doesn’t always have to be face to face.

    Technology can help keep the conversation going wherever people do their work. Encourage your hybrid teams to use video calls or a Live broadcast to keep the conversation going and take advantage of everything that modern video engagement has to offer.

    But it's not just about employees communicating together. Nearly 85% of generation Yers said they would feel more confident if they had more frequent conversations with their managers. So, keep your door open, metaphorically and physically.

  2. Encourage exercise

    Encourage exercise

    Exercise can improve health, mood and productivity. Get people moving. If the roles in your organisation are mainly sedentary, encourage people to take breaks and walk around.

    And if you're feeling inventive, why not make your workplace pet-friendly? Taking a dog around the block is a great way to take a break and relax and it's a popular idea – 40% of generation Yers say they want a dog-friendly office.

    Plus, pets in the workplace have been shown to lower stress levels and create a comfortable environment.

  3. Show your appreciation

    Show your appreciation

    Naturally, everyone likes to earn praise, and letting people know when they’re doing a good job is a great motivator. Not only that, it can be a critical part of the way you build strong workplace culture and community at work.

    But technology can help, too. Try integrating your communication platform with specialist recognition and reward tool. An app like Recognise can help you easily show your appreciation without having to swap screens or systems. And it can also help you keep hold of your top talent and communicate your organisational values. By having everything in one place, you can control costs, gauge results and create consistency across the company.

  4. Create a workplace like home

    Create a workplace like home

    Modern approaches to workspace design are an important part of employee satisfaction. A physically comfortable space where people can feel at ease will help to improve mood and provide a better day-to-day working experience.

    In the office, make sure that furniture is comfortable and ergonomic and add some plants – they're a great mood and productivity booster.

    In non-office environments, make sure you provide lots of break areas where staff can take five, grab a drink and catch up with their colleagues.

  5. Make the most of the light

    Make the most of the light

    Exposure to natural daylight in the workplace is linked to better efficiency and better sleep. A lack of it is associated with feelings of tension and isolation.

    Design workstations so that employees can enjoy natural light. In workspaces where you can't access natural light, try daylight bulbs to brighten things up and lighten the mood.

  6. Take time off together

    Take time off together

    Overworked people tend to be unproductive, so make sure you allow time to have fun. Organise activities for your team to when they're off duty to give them a chance to let off steam and bond.

    Arranging work snacks and drinks at the end of the week is an easy way to do this. Enabling people to relax and socialise together is an easy and time-honoured way to build better workplace interactions and develop a better workplace environment.

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