Are You Happy At Work?
Why Work Environment Is So Important

Are You Happy At Work? Did you pay attention to the most common answers your friends and acquaintances give when asked how’s work? Are You Happy At Work?

Here are the most common answers:

  • There’s a bad vibe, we’re constantly under pressure.
  • I’m in a good team / I like my team.
  • Great atmosphere. A lot of work, but it’s okay.
  • People are meh.
  • My boss is terrible, he’s very tiring.
  • Everyone is relaxed, but when we have tight deadlines and a lot of pressure, we finish everything we need.
  • Everyone is too focused on the other person, and not what and when needs to be done.
  • I like that there is no drama.
  • A lot of low energy, same old, same old.
  • There’s constantly a lot of work. Busy and hectic.

When answering this question, most people don’t mention specific details about their work, but mostly describe their work environment. On the other hand, it seems that only a few people are actively working on making their work environment better. 

Leaders carry more responsibility than others for the right atmosphere at work. Therefore, here are some ideas you can apply immediately:

Make Sure Everybody Knows They’re Appreciated

Naturally, you won’t spend the same amount of time communicating with everyone on your team. It’s important that everyone knows that you respect and value them and that their work is important. They’ll know and feel your attitude and gratitude when they hear “thank you”, “please” and personal recognition for their good work. 

It’s very useful to occasionally describe and further clarify the importance of what your team does in the context of the entire company.

This is particularly useful in bigger companies and systems, where the connection with the end customer or business results is distanced from the daily activities of your team.

The behavioral results from a leader who values his entire team can have one more positive effect on the working environment. Team members will cooperate better because they’ll feel appreciated and won’t have the need to compete with each other. In case the leader favors certain employees and pays minimum attention to others,  it’s highly likely that the working environment will become a battlefield, where everybody will fight over the manager’s attention. 

Take responsibility as a leader and avoid this common mistake.

In addition – it’s crucial that you really believe that all members of your team are important. If you don’t believe in it, then this is something you should really work on.

Are You Happy At Work? Try With Initiating Team Activities

When it comes to team activities, it’s important not to go overboard. Friday team breakfast or birthday celebration is just some of the possibilities.

Pay attention to what your team likes, what are their interests outside work.

Listening to their needs will give you a few ideas for team activities. Maybe you have someone in the team who is fantastic in organizing these little events and enjoys doing it. This could be an opportunity for them to do more of what they enjoy! It may be good to occasionally get the team out of the work environment. If you don’t have team buildings and business dinners, it could even be after-work drinks as well.

I need to point out that the balance between no team activities and too many team activities is crucial.

I wouldn’t recommend that you schedule too many after-work social activities. You need to respect the fact that your employees have their personal time and lifestyles that don’t include anything connected to work.

Are You Happy At Work? Adjust The Workspace Yourself

A well-designed workspace has positive effects. It’s a high probability that you don’t have an unlimited budget to rearrange and equip your ideal office space. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t look around a little bit and honestly answer the following questions:

Does space contain unnecessary boxes, papers, calendars from years ago, broken appliances, and garbage? If it’s almost impossible to clean the dust from all of these objects, then it’s time to throw away some of the unnecessary things.

Less chaos around you will declutter people’s minds, too.

  • Is there a technical issue that hinders employees several times during the day? Does the Internet or software stop working? Check how much these problems affect your team and take time away from their work. Find out if there is an alternative. If you can eliminate these technical barriers, you can make room for more important things and redirect your team’s attention to more important and complex tasks.
  • Does the content on the walls and desks motivate your team? Or are there campaign posters from a few years ago? Please pay attention that the content on the walls is in line with the company’s values. At the same time, they should send good messages and inspire your employees. 

The work environment is always dynamic and requires a leader’s continuous attention, time and engagement. Pay attention if you add things regarding a good working environment on your to-do list and if you include them in your planning. If they’re on the list you look at every day, they’ll transfer to the working environment as well.

I hope that some of the ideas you read about in this article will find their way to your to-do list and your work environment. In the comments, feel free to share your best practices when it comes to building a trustworthy and engaging work environment.