In my last blog post I discussed how a casual dress code is becoming more and more common in today’s workplace. The last key point I discussed was how having the ability to dress casually for work makes people feel more comfortable, which ultimately leads to an increase in motivation.
In this blog post I want to take that point a step further and talk about how creating a comfortable workplace doesn’t stop at a casual dress code. Employees want, and need more. And employers should be striving to make that happen. Here are three things that can make your employees a little more comfortable in the workplace:
1. Internal Communication
Observe the communications within your office. Are all employees “in the know?” If something has changed company-wide then everyone should be informed. This can be done in an email or a quick company meeting. You should want the people working for you to be educated on what’s going on even if it doesn’t directly affect their job. This way you are promoting an inclusive company culture, and not leaving your employees out in the weeds.
Formal employee training has become less prevalent for many companies. I find this to be a silly mistake and a missed opportunity. There are plenty of people out there who may not have the exact list of skills and experience you are looking for, but would still be a great fit for your team. Training gives you the opportunity to mold them in a way that fits your company’s style and culture. Each and every place of employment operates differently. Put in the extra time to have them transitioned into the new position correctly. It shows the employee you’re invested in them and in return they should invest in you.
3. High Morale
Employee morale is huge. I understand employees are here to work, but don’t forget to incorporate some fun! Have an office contest, plan an employee lunch, celebrate anniversaries and birthdays, the list could go on. I’m not saying to drop everything and have everyone play board games in the break room (although, it doesn’t sound like a terrible idea). Just appreciate the employees you have, and give them the chance to get to know one another.