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Have you ever wondered why some organisations have a fantastic atmosphere while others seem to lack that positive energy? Well, it turns out that creating a great workplace environment is not accidental. It is, in fact, a reflection of the individuals working there and the energy they bring. The way people feel when they step into a business or interact with team members significantly impacts the reputation and productivity of a company, not to mention – it’s far more enjoyable to work there!
Cultivating a positive and enjoyable workplace environment requires nurturing. Here are three ways to support the “vibe”—the ambiance, energy, and enthusiasm, that can truly make a difference.
Create a Friendly Environment
Research has shown that a friendly workplace environment has numerous benefits for both employees and organisations. According to a study conducted by the Harvard Business Review, employees who feel a sense of belonging and social connection at work perform better and are more engaged. Furthermore, a report by Gallup revealed that employees who have a best friend at work, are seven times more likely to be engaged in their job. By taking the time to greet and engage with everyone, not just the boss, and showing empathy towards colleagues, we can create a friendlier workplace where positive vibes thrive.
Invest in People
Investing in the growth and development of employees has a significant impact on workplace satisfaction and productivity. According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, employees who perceive higher levels of organisational support are more likely to experience job satisfaction and demonstrate higher levels of commitment to their organisation. By supporting the ideas and aspirations of colleagues, providing necessary resources, training, and tools, organisations can foster a positive work environment where individuals feel valued and motivated to contribute their best.
Promote a Culture of Feedback
Research has consistently highlighted the importance of feedback in enhancing employee performance and satisfaction. A survey conducted by Zenger/Folkman found that 72% of employees believed their performance would improve if their managers provided corrective feedback. By promoting a culture of honest, transparent, and constructive feedback, organisations can create an environment where continuous improvement is valued and celebrated.
By fostering a friendly environment, investing in people, and promoting a culture of feedback, organisations can cultivate an atmosphere that people genuinely want to be a part of. It’s time to use our initiative and create a thriving workplace where “good vibes only” prevail.