Let’s face it: the last thing you want to do is create a toxic working environment. You want your teams to feel happy and content in your business, and you want them to enjoy working from your premises.
Whether you have an office or an open-plan converted warehouse, you need to ensure that your staff won’t feel ill, demotivated, or unproductive throughout the day. With that in mind, here are some key steps you can follow to achieve that goal:
Offer Flexible Working
There will be times, such as presently in the COVID-19 pandemic, where people will mostly want to work from home. Health crises aside, flexible working enables employees to manage their personal and professional lives better.
For example, employees with children in tow can take their kids to school and pick them up, and they can do part of their work from home. Others that travel from afar can start and finish work later to avoid rush-hour commutes or high peak period transport fares.
Upgrade Your HVAC System
You want your teams to feel cool during hot weather and warm during the winter months. The best way to make that happen is by upgrading your HVAC system (or getting one if you don’t have such a system installed already).
Another thing you should do is take immediate steps to repair the system if it fails during normal operation. Thankfully, there are 24 hour AC service companies that can carry out any repairs and work around your opening hours.
Give Your Premises a More Natural Feel
Most people don’t want to work inside a building or business premises that resembles a dark dungeon. That’s why it’s essential to give your premises a more natural feel. There are several ways you can make that happen:
- Let in lots of natural light during the day by keeping blinds or curtains open;
- Make your workspaces feel open and airy;
- Open some windows, where possible.
They might seem like simple steps to you. But, they can make a world of difference to your employees and promote better workplace wellness among your teams.
Add Some Greenery
There is much scientific research and evidence to prove that having plants in the workplace offers a multitude of benefits. For example, indoor plants can help remove moisture and airborne toxins, resulting in healthier indoor air.
Plus, having indoor plants at your premises can promote better productivity, concentration, and creativity among your workforce. Of course, there’s also the benefit that plants look pretty and decorative in any room.
Foster Personal Development
Lastly, your employees and colleagues aren’t robots; they are human beings, just like you. They have aspirations, dreams, and life goals they wish to achieve. As a responsible employer, you can play a part by fostering their personal development.
Some of the ways you can do that include providing paths for training and qualifications, support for dealing with personal issues, and creating a kind and caring working environment that enables people to feel like they can be themselves at work.