Home > HR Matters > Creating a Harmonious & Peaceful Workplace

Creating a Harmonious & Peaceful Workplace

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | comments*Discuss
Creating A Harmonious & Peaceful Workplace

Most of us will have spent time working in certain jobs and enjoyed them far more than we’ve enjoyed others. Much of the time, this might have simply been due to the type of work we were doing but, at some time, we’ve all probably had experiences of work we can point to and say that it was the atmosphere of the workplace itself that made it a fun place to me. But that then begs the question – “Why are some workplaces more of a desirable place to be?” The truth is that there is no one single ‘secret’ to creating a harmonious and peaceful workplace. However, there are a number of reasons why some workplaces are more harmonious than others.

Encouraging Open Communication

One of the best ways to foster good relations within the workplace is to encourage dialogue and effective communication. This should not just be amongst colleagues but between staff and management also. Encouraging the workforce to express ideas and views as well as suggesting improvements is a great way of achieving this. Gaining feedback on performance, either as a team or in 1-to-1 sessions as well as giving workers clearly defined, and realistic, targets and deadlines, where they are appropriate to the role, also helps.

Establishing a Good Work/Life Balance

Work can become unbearable if employers are only interested in themselves and making as much profit as possible without giving any regard to the needs of their staff. Yes – it’s perfectly acceptable to expect your workers to give you 100% when they’re at work but it’s also important to recognise that they have a life outside of the workplace too. Creating a ‘family friendly’ environment is a very positive step.

Things like introducing flexible working practices, compassionate leave, childcare facilities such as crèches etc. will make for good relations between staff and management and will show that the company does have your best interests at heart. Companies which have already implemented these measures and others have realised that the more interest they take with regards to issues that affect staff outside of work, the happier and more productive staff will be when they are doing the job.

Training and Development

No matter how much a person enjoys their current role, most career minded people will ultimately hope that the job they are doing now will be a stepping stone towards the next phase of their career. To retain valued members of staff, it’s therefore important that a company can provide them with the right platform in order to develop. This might include training in house, offering them the opportunity to take time out for study leave and even paying for the cost of external educational courses, if a career progression requires further study or training which cannot be provided for ‘in house’.

Popular Misconceptions

Many employers will often say that they pay bonuses to staff for performances that have exceeded company expectations and for many workers, especially those who work in sales oriented environments and/or whose salary is tied into some kind of bonus commission structure, money will be a valuable incentive. However, the truth is that money alone is rarely enough of a motivation for staff to remain loyal and to feel happy in their work. For many, commission related work often leads to incredible stress in an effort to hit targets. So, whilst they may be happy when they see the bonus payments in their monthly wage packets, it’s not the case that this necessarily creates a happy worki environment.

Therefore, the three most vital components any company can introduce to foster a harmonious and peaceful workplace is to encourage dialogue, to care about your staff’s welfare, realising the importance of their life outside of work and to try to be flexible wherever possible regarding issues which could affect that and to help them to develop further. All these ingredients will not only create a happier workforce but highly valued members of staff are more likely to remain loyal to the company, to ‘go the extra mile’ for a company when the pressure’s on, to perform to the best of their ability and this will, ultimately, save you money on recruitment and training, reduce absenteeism, lower staff turnover and improve morale which can only be good for both staff and employers alike.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
very useful useful information concerning promoting harmony at workplace. Thank you very much..
T- squared - 31-Mar-15 @ 11:02 PM
@Lynel - you would have to contact the person directly in order to request this.
WorkplaceSafetyAdvice - 20-Feb-15 @ 10:34 AM
We would like to know if Jeff Durham could participate on a panel in London on Saturday, March 14 from 11-1 for Her Equality Rights and Autonomy at Imperial Business School?The panel is on "Preventing Sexual Violence and Harassment in the Workplace."Thank you for considerning this request.
Lynel - 18-Feb-15 @ 4:35 PM
How would you create a harmonious effective working relationships with your staff members?
s - 28-Mar-11 @ 6:24 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
(never shown)
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Monique
    Re: Kitchen Workplace Safety
    Hey, my boyfriend works in a kitchen in a pub and the manager has recently been making him work by himself doing long shifts 10-12…
    17 February 2018
  • WorkplaceSafetyAdvice
    Re: Kitchen Workplace Safety
    Arch - Your Question:My daughter who is 16years old works in a tearoom/restaurant at weekends & last Sunday she was serving some…
    16 February 2018
  • Arch
    Re: Kitchen Workplace Safety
    My daughter who is 16years old works in a tearoom/restaurant at weekends & last Sunday she was serving some customers with a tray of 2…
    15 February 2018
  • Hammy
    Re: Dealing with Employee Theft
    Looking for advice. I work in retail and a friend/colleague I know has been shoplifting things/ taking bags home with merchandise/…
    15 February 2018
  • WorkplaceSafetyAdvice
    Re: Legal Minimum Temperature in a Warehouse?
    Tink - Your Question:Hi, I work in an opticians inside a large supermarket. My colleagues have bern provided with…
    13 February 2018
  • WorkplaceSafetyAdvice
    Re: How Many Breaks am I Entitled to?
    alanstuart100 - Your Question:My wife works 3 x 12 hour shift's.One hour is unpaid and her employer splits this hour into…
    13 February 2018
  • Maurie
    Re: Legal Minimum Temperature in a Warehouse?
    I work in a place that processes meat (chix) upper management says that it has to be 32* although it's been 40+…
    12 February 2018
  • Tink
    Re: Legal Minimum Temperature in a Warehouse?
    Hi, i work in an opticians inside a large supermarket. My colleagues have bern provided with an uniform and…
    12 February 2018
  • WorkplaceSafetyAdvice
    Re: How Many Breaks am I Entitled to?
    Afsha - Your Question:I work 2 days as a nursery nurse. I used to work 9 till 6pm with 15 minutes break and 1hour…
    12 February 2018
  • AsiaM
    Re: Dealing with Employee Theft
    @Zaki - can you offer to replace the money? If you do, your employer might not press charges, but it is a chance you would have to…
    12 February 2018
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the WorkplaceSafetyAdvice website. Please read our Disclaimer.