9 Ways To Make The Office A Happier Place

January 10, 2019 12:22 pm
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Although it may not be a happy thought, most people with an office job will spend most of their working life sitting at their desk. Working at least 40 hours a week takes up a large chunk of their time, so you’re going to want to make it a fun and enjoyable experience for them, right?

If your employees enjoy the job they do and the office space they work in, they are more likely to stay in their role and progress in their career. Not only does this save you time and money in terms of recruitment and training, but it also means you have a team of loyal and hardworking staff.

With that in mind, here are 9 ways to make the office a happier working environment:

  1. Encourage Employee Interaction And Bonding With Regular Team Events

Holding regular ‘team bonding’ events outside of work is a great way to give people a chance to get to know each other outside of a pressured environment. Often people find that they don’t enjoy people’s company in the office, but outside of it, they’re able to form a lasting friendship.

This not only boosts employee morale, but it makes the office a friendly place to work.

  1. Create A Fun, Creative Space For People To Work

Creating a space where people can go if they want to escape their desks is a great way to increase productivity and morale at work. Often, staring at a computer for 8 hours a day can be too much so having a fun and creative space for people to escape to is the perfect solution. Whether it’s a comfy sofa people can relax on, a breakout room with games and snacks or a couple of benches that are in the perfect spot for a bit of sunlight – your employees will appreciate that there’s somewhere for them to clear their head.

  1. Allow Employees To Have An Input On How Their Office Space Is Decorated

If you’re planning on having your office renovated, consider giving your employees the option to suggest how they’d like it to be decorated. Not only will they feel included and as though they have a say in important company decisions, but they’ll also be able to create a space they love working in.

  1. Provide Free Food And Snacks For Employees

If you want your employees to enjoy the working day, providing them with free drinks and snacks throughout the day will certainly help. Whether it’s a once-a-week celebration or something you offer every day, it’s the little things that make the difference.

  1. Celebrate The People That Work Hard (Not Just Sales)

A lot of companies will often make a big fuss over those who meet their sales targets, but without other areas of the business, they wouldn’t be able to achieve these goals. Make sure you’re celebrating absolutely everyone who deserves it.

  1. Ensure The Office Is Always Clean And Tidy

Having a clean and tidy office is important for a number of different reasons. First of all, it ensures all of your staff are working in a safe and hospitable environment. Secondly, it ensures there are no distractions for those who feel it is their responsibility to clean. Finally, it makes the office a much nicer place to work. Whether it’s ensuring the floors are clean, emptying the trash at night or wiping down crumbs from desks – keeping everything clean will ensure everyone is kept happy.

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  1. Give Everybody Responsibilities On A Schedule, Ensuring It Is Fair For Everyone

To help keep your office tidy and running well, assigning everyone tasks to do on a schedule is the best way to avoid any conflict. Often people will feel as though they’re the only one cleaning up after their colleagues, so splitting the role between everyone will make sure cleaning duties are carried out fairly.

  1. Allow People To Personalise Their Desk Space

Allowing people to personalise their desk space however they wish means people will be able to create a space they love to work in. Whether they add family photos, bring their own personal stationary or they add little decorations – they’ll love the freedom they’re able to have.

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  1. Consider Allowing People An Allowance Of ‘Work From Home’ Days

If you’re looking for a way to encourage freedom and abolish micromanaging – allowing people a certain amount of time to work from home is a great idea. Not only will it show your employees that you trust them, but it will allow them to work in an environment they may find puts them more at ease – especially if they have fewer distractions.

Do you want to make your office a happier place? Did we miss any tips? Let us know in the comment section below.

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