Work Environment More Important to Employees
In today’s booming economy, workers have become more important to their employers than their employers are to them. Learn what’s really important to your employees and keep them from getting away!
Today’s workplace is different, diverse, and constantly changing. The typical employer/employee relationship of old has been turned upside down. Workers are living in a growing economy and have almost limitless job opportunities. This combination of factors has created an environment where the business needs its employees more than the employees need the business.
According to Max Messmer, chairman and CEO, Robert Half International. “For a growing number of workers, corporate culture is the key determinant in their choice to stay with an organization long term.”
To keep employees satisfied today, it takes an entirely different approach than it did just a few years ago. Indeed, one-third of the executives surveyed by Robert Half International Inc. have changed their opinions and now say the work environment is the most critical factor in keeping an employee satisfied in today’s business world. In 1993, only 9% said that the work environment was an important factor in keeping employees satisfied.
Other critical factors include the importance of praise and recognition, and compensation each cited by 28% of those surveyed. Six years ago praise and recognition was at the top of the list, cited by 47% of those surveyed. Other significant changes include concern over promotions. Only 4% of executives say that promotions are a big factor in keeping employees satisfied today, compared with 26% who said that in 1993. Furthermore, the importance of compensation and benefits has risen to 28% from just 7% in the 1993 survey.
The underlying thread is management must realize if its employees are dissatisfied, they can easily find employment elsewhere. The managers and businesses that create a positive work environment will be the winners of tomorrow’s workplace.
How to Create a Good Work Atmosphere
It’s very difficult to be considered a great place to work.
Many companies are looking for that new thing they can do to improve their office. Nowadays, both consumers and job-seekers are looking for companies that do the right thing.
Engage in meaningful (in-person) dialog
When you make the effort to connect with your team members in person—individually and as a group—you’re establishing a position of caring that motivates individuals in all sorts of crazy-good ways. It’s easy to send short messages in emails, and then rely on these small exchanges for most of your communication. Or, you can focus on what needs to get done next and forget to take a breath, look around, and get to know your employees. Don’t fall into this rut. Instead, ask your team members about their immediate goals and project interests as well as their career objectives.
Also, remember: We’re all human, and most humans respond well to the real thing—in-person communication that says “you matter.”
Providing a Non-Mosquito environment by QM mosquito trap
Everyone wants to work in a cleaning and comfortable environment, especially in a non-mosquito environment. The MBOX electric mosquito killer of QM Limited is one for the successful kind which utilizes the photocatalytic reaction to decompose co2 and h2o. It’s totally natural without any re-fillers and propane, but it can work efficiently with 400 sq.ft, with that your chance of getting bitten will be rather rare.
This highly-effective, state-of-the-art bug zapper MBOX can entice mosquitoes, sand gnats, and other biting insects from a range of 40 square meters . Additionally, it works effectively for catching the female mosquito in one acre of land which equates to a big size room. Also MBOX Mosquito Trap is very user-friendly so that owners can operate the machine with just a push of a button.
Listen to everyone’s ideas
Your entire team has great ideas. They’re in the trenches all day, bringing their own experience and perspectives to the part of the project they’re focused on. For example, if there’s a way to make spreadsheets more efficient or cold-calls more productive, the team members know how. It’s tempting to stick with protocol because you know that works well. But these days the world moves so fast nobody can afford to stay with a status quo for too long. So instead, make it a policy to listen to new ideas (you could structure appropriate time periods for this, too), and this will tell everyone they’re a valuable part of the team. Give the good ideas a try; you never know what might happen—other than the team becomes more invested in their work and the project outcome, for starters.
Be spontaneous and have a little fun
Everyone wants to have fun at work—even though everyone defines “fun” a little differently. Still, if you can keep the previous four tips in action, then fun—or a sense of enjoyment and being able to be yourself at work—becomes a more natural part of everyone’s job. Fun happens when people feel well-connected with a team where there’s mutual respect, open communication, acceptance of who people are and everyone’s collaborating and working toward the same goal. When teams are working well together, it makes it easier to be spontaneous and have some fun – whether it’s a last-minute Football Friday party after a project launch, or a brief pause in the afternoon to tell stories and have a few laughs over topics that have nothing to do about work.
Sometimes we all need a break from the seriousness of business.
And remember—whether you’re a team leader or team member, everyone plays a role in contributing to your work environment.