One of the classic ways to judge your job is by asking yourself, “When I wake up in the morning, am I excited to go to work?” If you answer yes to this question then it means you either love what you do or you love who you work with. A harmonious workplace not only makes work more enjoyable, but makes all workers more productive. You get more done with people you can easily work with, and this is why we devoted this blog to writing about how to improve harmony within the office.
Every employee wants to be appreciated – it’s that simple. An employee can be grossly overpaid, but they will likely be unhappy if they do not receive recognition for their work. A simple “thank-you” can go a long way in creating harmony in the workplace. Positive reinforcement in the workplace can boost morale and encourage your team to work harder and achieve superior results. Beyond gratitude in the office, employers need to be flexible with their employees’ schedules and how they affect their working hours. We are not saying that employees should be allowed to work when and wherever they want, but we all have occasional conflicts and employers need to be aware of this and be flexible.
Offer Benefits within the Office
Some of the most productive workplaces are those that offer the most distractions. New and innovative workplaces are beginning to add music rooms, kitchens, workout facilities, nap rooms, and anything else you can think of that does not belong in the traditional office. Some may question the purpose or productiveness of these additions, but studies show that these features allow employees to relax when necessary and work more productively in return. However, not everyone has the funds to create new offices like this, but this is no problem. All that is important is that your office takes occasional breaks to celebrate and have fun. You can celebrate for something like a birthday or maybe for a new deal you just closed – whatever it is, employees love to take a break and feel rewarded for hard work. A workplace used to be just for work, but you should still be able to have occasional fun in the office and take your mind off your work.
Socialize Outside Work
When there are numerous equally qualified candidates for a job, the employer chooses the candidate they think they could see themselves working with and socializing with. This just goes to show how important socializing both in and out of the office is because at the end of the day you work best with people you can get along with. You should never choose a job based off compensation, rather you should do what you love with people you love. The people you work with should be people you can hang out and socialize with outside of work, and if this is not the case then you should consider finding a new job. Thus, you should engage your fellow workers to go out after work and get a drink or go to an event sometime – you don’t need to be best friends with your fellow workers but strong team-chemistry will boost productivity and make work more enjoyable.
Get Everyone Involved
Every employee likes to be informed and in the loop even if the news has nothing to do with them. Keeping an employee informed is an effortless way to make them feel appreciated and valuable in your business. Beyond this, you should always trust your team and be confident in delegating work to them – nobody likes working under a boss who micromanages everything they do and gives them no individuality in their work. Getting everyone involved is an easy way to please even the lowest-level employees and ensure that your office has harmony.
Communication is crucial for any work environment. Every boss needs to have an open-door policy and be willing to talk to an employee at any time; on the other hand, every employee needs to be sure that they reach out and talk to higher-level employees. Learning is crucial in any office and the central way for workers to learn is through communication. Beyond communication about work, occasional non-work-related talk is also important – it’s a bad sign if you don’t know anything about your fellow worker outside of work. Ask someone about their family or hobbies or whatever it may be; these small talk conversations may seem meaningless but are important for building harmony in the workplace.
Workplace harmony is crucial to any successful business. Making employees and fellow workers happy is a simple task that requires simple courteous, but you would be amazed at how far these small actions go. If your workplace is lacking unity then you should start following these steps and odds are that your actions will be reciprocated and harmony will slowly begin to grow.
Nate Trimmer is a Co-Founder of Omnibeat. As a social media enthusiast with a background in organizational development and computer technology, he strives to help businesses understand and embrace social media.
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