With 78% of employees spending more time with coworkers than they do with their family, it’s not surprising that our workplace culture can have a huge impact on our stress levels, happiness and overall job satisfaction. In fact, according to the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, career events have the biggest impact on stress and happiness after family and health events—so ensuring your employees are coming into a positive workplace culture can be crucial to keeping them engaged, motivated and satisfied in their roles.
Having a positive working environment can bring many benefits to individuals, the team and organisation as a whole. It can not only help boost morale and productivity, but at the same time it helps to reduce employee stress and turnover. And with 52%1 of job seekers always looking at job opportunities, it’s more important than ever for your employees to be satisfied and happy in their roles.
So to help you create a positive workplace culture that supports and inspires your team, we’ve gathered our top five tips for fostering an exciting work environment for your employees.
1. Create a safe and inclusive environment
To make sure all your employees feel welcomed and valued, create an inclusive environment that supports employees of all genders, ages, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. This means having a zero-tolerance policy for any kind of harassment or bullying in the workplace, while also ensuring all employees have equal opportunities to progress in the company.
In meetings or during brainstorming sessions, ideas from every employee should be encouraged and respected—regardless of their tenure or position at the company. Additionally, employees can feel more included in a workplace where their gender, age, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is represented throughout the organisation, especially in leadership roles. So make sure diversity is a part of your recruitment and promotion strategies.
2. Set clear goals for the team to work towards
Teams that are unsure of their goals and objectives can often feel like they are left in the dark. This uncertainty can be stressful for employees, which can in return create a negative workplace culture that pushes people to leave soon after starting. In fact, 37%2 of job seekers who left their job within the first six months said receiving clear guidelines as to what their responsibilities were would have helped them stay longer.
As a result, be upfront with your employees from day one about what their goals and objectives are. This can not only help to create a positive workplace culture, but having a common goal to work towards can also be a great way to bring teams together. Additionally, it can help guide each employee’s individual performance, and give them a clearer picture about how their day-to-day responsibilities fit in the bigger picture.
3. Trust your employees
Delegating tasks can be difficult, even for the strongest of leaders. But, in order to build a positive workplace culture, it’s important to show your employees that you trust them to do their jobs. So to give your employees a chance to take ownership of their work, delegate appropriate tasks and avoid micromanaging at all costs.
Showing your employees that you trust them outside of the office, or standard work hours, can also be a great way to build a positive workplace culture. Whether that means allowing them to occasionally work from home, or leave early for a school play or doctor’s appointment, be flexible and give your employees room to attend to other commitments. This can not only help to create a positive, trusting working environment, but it can also help attract top talent to your organisation as 45%1 of job seekers are most attracted to a job that has flexible hours.
4. Encourage collaboration and open communication
Creating an environment that promotes collaboration and open communication can not only create positive feelings in the workplace, but it can also help motivate and inspire your team. So give your employees plenty of opportunities to work together, such as setting up regular team meetings, scheduling brainstorming days, or simply going out for a coffee run together as a team.
Giving your employees opportunities to nurture and foster their relationships with each other outside of the office can also benefit the team. Setting up monthly or quarterly social outings can be a great way for your team to enjoy each other’s company in a more relaxed environment, while also helping you build a positive workplace culture.
5. Establish an employee recognition program
Ensuring your employees are properly recognised for their hard work can help keep them engaged, motivated and satisfied in their roles. In fact, 16%1 of job seekers have reported looking at other job opportunities whenever they don’t get recognised for their accomplishments in their current role.
So if you don’t already have one, set up an employee recognition program that rewards employees who meet or exceed their goals. It’s also important to clearly communicate your recognition program to employees so they are aware of how and when they will be rewarded. Being transparent about your company’s progression and promotion policies creates an environment where your employees are excited and optimistic about their own performance and professional growth.
Having a positive workplace culture is not only vital for keeping your employees motivated and satisfied in their roles, but it’s also vital for your team and organisation’s success. When your employees feel welcomed, valued and respected, they are more likely to take pride in their work and be able to see a future with their company. After all, there’s nothing worse than recruiting and hiring a new employee who leaves shortly after starting, so by making sure your workplace culture is positive and supportive, you can help keep your new and existing employees long after their first day.
1Methodology: Indeed survey with Decipher/FocusVision, N=1,000
2Methodology: Indeed survey with Lucid, N=438