Your staff is the beating heart of your company. They are the ones who usually deal with angry customers, they are running your production lines, handling accounts and so much more. So it is more than worth your time investing in things that will make them happy.
It doesn’t have to be at a great cost for your company either. But, the results will speak for themselves.
A space where your staff can go to relax, have a hot drink and chat is imperative. Much like if you work from home you should try to separate where you work from where you relax – allowing you to shut off. Same goes here. You should supply comfortable chairs, a table, a space for food storage (a fridge and cupboards). A microwave is usually ideal for them to heat up their lunch too. Perhaps once a week invest in some office lunch catering. An excellent, thoughtful addition to your staff’s weekly routine.
Reducing the amount of clutter in the office, having plenty of spaces to recycle and put things in the bin is vital. The mess can very often put people off doing their work. It’s harder to concentrate in a messy space. It is worth setting rules about having a mess on the desks, and that should go for the staffroom too.
Along with the general tidiness, add some plants around the office. Faux ones are perfectly fine, they will have all of the psychological benefits. But, if you want to get the most out of it, then you should invest in real plants. They purify the air around them and give people something to take care of in the office.
As the saying goes, one bad apple spoils the barrel. Consider the barrel as your workspace. It is essential to always remain a team player even when the going gets tough. If you have a member of your staff that is rude, lazy or insubordinate, you might find that attitude, and lack of care begins to spread through the who team. Just always remember that the job market is competitive, and you are very likely to find a new member of staff without too much issue. Just be mindful that you follow all of the policies and procedures outlined in all of your hiring and firing legal papers.
Dark officers with thick grey carpet might be cheap, but they can also be pretty soul-crushing too. Keep your offices light and airy, with as much natural light as possible. Poor lighting can have a negative impact on your staff performance. If you don’t have many windows, then try for daylight replication bulbs.
Looking after your staff doesn’t need to be a considerable expense, but treating them well, will mean they will enjoy their job and just perform better overall. Telling your staff that they have done a great job costs nothing at all, but will give them and you a sense of satisfaction and comradery.