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 CommunicationOne 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 BalanceWork 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 DevelopmentNo 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 MisconceptionsMany 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.