With a major influence on productivity, the work environment that you create for your employees is extremely important.
In the business world, everything is optimized, and that ought to include your employees’ working environment. That said, there are different types of work environments, and some teams are best suited to certain types.
Types of Work Environments
In an ‘open skeptic’ work environment, everything is analyzed, and questioning is strongly encouraged. For instance, when a new marketing strategy is put forward, everyone is encouraged to ask why it would be superior to the existing approach. Questions are supposed to feed conversation, and when everyone’s asking questions, everybody is working to move the business forward. In this environment, no one is judged on their input and all ideas must be considered equivalent.
In an individual-focused work environment, individuals are provided with the freedom to customize their schedules and work conditions. Those who can are allowed to work remotely for most, if not all, of the time. Flexible work hours is another feature of this environment. The idea behind this work environment is that everybody works differently, and making employees conform to a singular work style can be counterproductive.
A ’no walls’ work environment, on the other hand, is all about a team-first mentality. Typically featuring an office with an open floor plan, staff members are encouraged to speak freely among themselves, exchange ideas and ask for help when needed. Regular team-building events held to inspire mutual understanding is a major feature of this work environment.
In a ‘mutual-feedback’ environment, employees are encouraged to given honest feedback to one another. Someone’s performance starts to slip, they are told about it, and changes are made to support improvement. When a boss’ approach is inefficient, employees let him or her know about it. As you can probably tell, this working environment depends a lot on trust and mutual respect.
A ’unified environment’ lets people work as individuals but incorporates a lot of team elements. This kind of environment generally includes “team” goals and smaller groups that work together to accomplish goals. Staff members concentrate on working together, and individuals are held accountable for their work.
Creating a More Productive Work Environment
Creating an effective work environment doesn’t need to be a massive undertaking, but it does require some action.
The place to begin is building a culture that is focused on efficiency. Always give employees the tools, resources, and training they need to be productive and do their work as easily as possible.
Good housekeeping is another hallmark of a good work environment. Keeping the workplace clean translates to a safer workplace and less time wasted looking for misplaced items. Good housekeeping habits also keeps employees from being distracted by a growing mess.
Finally, it is important to maintain a contented and positive culture. Prioritize positive reinforcement, employee recognition, and random acts of kindness.
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