A pleasant working atmosphere is important for a well-functioning organization. Not only does it set the mood of all employees, it also increases productivity. Although the employer plays an important role in this, the way in which employees interact strongly determines the atmosphere. In this blog, we’ll describe five essential factors to promote a good working environment.
1.Openness and approachability
Most of the knowledge lies with your staff, who have to carry out the work every day. Therefore, ask about their experiences in the workplace and include them in any policymaking. This ensures your staff will feel they’re being recognized and in turn, give you any recognition you deserve. It is also important to share your own vision with your employees. By talking about this, everyone will be more likely to do the same. When speaking with your staff, it’s key to have a genuine interest in what people are telling you. You’ll come across as approachable with an open and transparent attitude and employees will come to you sooner if any problems or issues arise.
Let your employees take matters into their own hands. This means they can independently make decisions about the work, are given space to develop ideas, and can be creative. These factors are essential for creating a good working atmosphere. Nothing makes employees more negative than a manager who makes decisions about their work without involving them or asking for their opinion. Employees are happiest and enjoy their work most when they feel connected to the company and allowed to make decisions themselves.
Make sure everyone gets the same information. In this way, you prevent (accidentally) locking out staff. Equal communication is very important. Try to take into account that everyone deserves the same treatment. Complimenting an employee for achievement and not someone else can lead to a sense of injustice which will not benefit the working atmosphere. When decisions are made, always explain this with arguments. Even if circumstances are not yet clear: report this to your employees and let them know when they can expect more clarity. It is also important to give a compliment or thank you. The positivity and clarity you convey affect everyone around you.
4. Valuation and development
We have already briefly discussed the appreciation above. It contributes to a good working atmosphere, but also to the results that employees achieve. A valuation can be in the form of money (salary, bonuses, fringe benefits), but many employees also appreciate a sincere thank you. In addition to appreciation, it is important that your staff gets the opportunity to continue to develop and the room to grow. Training courses, traineeships, promotion opportunities, and development projects give employees the confidence that they can get the best out of themselves within your organization.
Good cooperation between employees and managers/supervisors also influences the working atmosphere within an organization. Often there is still too much thought in hierarchy and employees think that their manager’s door is always closed. The opposite appears to be the case today. Collaboration between management and the rest of the staff not only creates a pleasant atmosphere, but your employees are also less likely to switch to another job. So be aware that your own behavior influences the behavior of your staff. Recommended reading: Leadership: look at yourself first.