5 Steps to Building a Positive Work Environment


Without effective employee engagement, a company will struggle to succeed. It is therefore imperative to create a work environment in which workers feel motivated so that they are able to be productive.

There are a couple of core principles that will help you achieve maximum engagement by concentrating on employee motivation and creating a warm, engaging work environment.

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Give Your Employees A Push Towards Positivity

With the pressure that comes with having a global community, it goes without saying that a healthy and positive workplace is indispensable to your wellbeing. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, maintaining a healthy work environment allows your employees to offer their best.

Here are 5 approaches to help you create and maintain a healthy and a positive workplace:

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#01.Recognize and Reward Hard Work

Diligent work and productive output should be recognized. When you show acknowledgment of achievements it positively affects their work fulfillment and commitment to the job. Some ways to motivate your employees include promotions, awards, and titles such as ‘Employee of the Month.’ But in many cases a simple “thank you”, or Friday morning donuts goes a long way.

#02. Make Use of A Standing Desk

Research proves that it is not healthy to sit for long periods of time. That is why many companies are opting for flexible standing desks that allow you to choose whether you wish to work standing up or sitting down (as well as being able to easily switch between the two).  These desks allow you to move around and keep your muscles active throughout the day. Employees are encouraged to strike a healthy balance between sitting and standing, as well as taking regular breaks during the day.

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#03. Create a Clean, Allergy Free Space

Many employees suffer from allergies triggered by chemical reactions to paint, carpeting, and furniture, among others. The symptoms include rashes, itchy eyes, sinuses, and headaches, and at the very least, result in the loss of concentration. While there are things you cannot change at work, such as carpeting and furniture, there some steps you can take to reduce any negative effect they might be having.

According to ByPurify, it’s also important to have the work areas cleaned regularly by vacuuming all flooring, dusting and a wipe down of all surfaces.

#04. Invest in a Splash of Green

Color me surprised! Did you know that studies link the color green to the creative thought process? Our jobs demand creativity, especially those in the areas of marketing, media and customer engagement. So having green around us can help. Since repainting the walls might be a step too far, try introducing backdrops, green ornaments and wall art so that you are surrounded by an ocean of green.

Remember to also look for calming shades of green rather than bright shades since they can do more harm than good. Sage and sea-foam green are some of the best green shade options- they will help you relax your mind and get your creative juices flowing.

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#05. Bring Some Plants

Plants assist in creating a healthier work environment. They help with improving the air quality, they make your workspace lively, and studies have linked them to greater levels of positivity in people within a work environment. They also have a very calming effect on most people.

The best plants for the office would be the green and leafy ones, rather than prickly plants like cacti. Also, too many plants can be overwhelming. Try keeping one or two; one your desk and another on a shelf.

In conclusion, improving some aspects of your workspace goes a long way to motivating employees and thus improving their productivity.


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