Enhancing Your Work Environment Goes Beyond Practicality

October 3, 2019 3:21 pm

Office enhancements are an indispensable part of your business life. Ultimately, it is fair to say that office furniture and digital technology should be reviewed and updated regularly to maintain your productivity. As a result, office enhancements appear in the recurring business maintenance costs of a company. More often than not, upgrade budgets are planned for the years to come. However, where do you go when your team already uses the best technology in their field and the most suitable furniture? 

Innovative companies have divided their enhancement strategies by purpose. While furniture and tech supplies focus on improving employees’ working arrangements and processes. However, it’s fair to say that a new software solution is unlikely to boost team morale or motivation. Therefore, the most significant type of enhancement is designed to make your team want to go the extra mile. 

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We’re among friends here

It can be challenging to create connections in the midst of a hectic workplace. When everything needs to be ready for at best yesterday, employees don’t have the time to get to know each other. Your team is a group of people who don’t know or trust each other. In times of high stress, the team is disconnected. It’s your responsibility as a business owner to schedule time for social activities where employees can relax and interact together outside of the work environment. While team-building events are also an essential part of building a stronger team, they don’t replace the casual social meetups where people can develop social connections. More importantly, social gatherings are an excuse to erase hierarchic boundaries. 

We deserve something nice

On average, people spend around 10 hours at work. In comparison, you could argue that the office acts as a second home for most professionals. Therefore, it should also feel like a homely place. While it doesn’t mean that your staff should wear their best PJs to work, it means that you can invest in building a welcoming place. Indeed, the office decor, for instance, often lacks personality. The addition of canvas art and tasteful colours can dramatically transform the atmosphere. Ultimately, people tend to work a lot more creatively when they sit in an inspiring environment. Additionally, you can also introduce routines that support personal ambience. Some companies like to create a weekly ritual, such as bringing pizza for lunch every Friday, for instance. American companies have even embraced the national Taco Tuesday in their offices as a way of making everybody feels at home. The result: employees identify more easily with the business. 

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We all make worthy contributions

You might have heard of Dan Price, the American CEO who made the news in 2015 when he decided to cut his salary to introduce a company’s minimum $70,000 pay wage for every employee. Dan Price carries on his approach to a global salary with his new company in Seattle. His generous gesture not only brought the team together but also attracted more clients as the company’s reputation grew. While you may not be able to carry out the same strategy, you can certainly look into reducing salary disparities between the people who contribute to your business. 

When it comes to making your workplace a better place, you need to think beyond the technical practicality of better IT and furniture. In fact, it’s your role to go the extra mile to make your employees feel special so that they are willing to do the same in their day-to-day job. 

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