Okay, close your eyes. Now, imagine it is Monday…we all know where this is going. Anyway, it’s Monday; another work week. Another 9-5, or whatever hours you work. As you enter your office, cubicle, virtual workspace, and your energy may not be where you want it to be…it’s just another Monday. There are so many days during the week, where going to work seems like the worst chore your mom or dad gave you as a child. Sometimes, a work environment does not offer the healthiest place to be. Whether that is mentally healthy, physically healthy, or emotionally healthy is up to you. However, figuring out ways to have a healthy work environment can allow work to be enjoyable. In this blog, we will talk about a multitude of ways to have a healthy work environment.
Depending on the company or business you work for, productivity is absolute key for growth. Nonetheless, a work environment that is not friendly, inviting, or exciting may cause people to lose motivation, which means the determination to work decreases, and so does productivity. So, what are some ways to increase work productivity? First, limit your distractions. Turn off your phone, take out your headphones, and focus on work. Grab a cup of coffee, get a comfortable office chair, and get those tasks finished. Second, stop multitasking. There are days when it feels as though everything is piling up, and it becomes overwhelming to get anything done. The “to-do” list in your head is never ending. If you are a business owner or even an employee, provide your employees or yourself with to-do list or spreadsheets, so one can type or write down their task, and plans of actions. This sets out a plan and gives employees the initiative to start and finish all of the task listed. Finally, take a break. That doesn’t mean go into the breakroom every 30 minutes, or to turn off your computer whenever you want. Stand up, walk around, stretch, grab a snack, and hydrate. The body is a temple, and when you do not fuel your body, it is not capable of being productive. All these ideas can increase your work productivity, which in turn increases profits, and business growth.
Let’s talk about employees. Amazing, dedicated people who are ultimately helping your business, company, or corporation thrive. Sometimes, employees tend to go unnoticed, or may feel underappreciated. The lack of support from higher ups, can cause employees to lose dedication and motivation to do their best. Here are two things you can do to show appreciation for your employees. Food, everyone loves food. However, there are days when fast food or bringing your lunch just doesn’t cut it. So, occasionally, cater lunch for your employees, or have a potluck. There are many local restaurants trying to grow and would most likely be willing to give discounts on large orders. Second, show appreciation for success. If Someone makes a sale, someone gains a new client, or even learning a new skill; show appreciation for that person. It doesn’t have to be anything big; a “great job” or a small gift like a candle or a gift card can mean something big to someone. When we receive things for good behavior, we tend to want to keep doing good things. Doing the small things, make big changes. Having happy employees, outweighs the cons of having unhappy employees.
Lastly, lets touch base on your actual workspace. Since most of us are working from home, in an office or even a cubicle, things can look dull. There’s always a desk, a chair, and some plain walls. Well, with permission amp it up. Put up pictures of your family, bring an essential oil diffuser, or make a dream board. Add some color to that cubicle. Office chairs, tend to be uncomfortable; add an exercise ball. It is a great workout, and it is fun. Managers, CEO’s and bosses can give employees stress balls with the company logo as well. By adding things that you love, and that make you happy, in turn you will be happy when working. It is a reminder as to why you work hard and why you come to work every day.
Adults are already stressed as it is. Work tends to be another thing added to the list of stressors. However, there are many other ways besides the ones mentioned here that one can take to work with them. So, take a breath, take a break, read this post. Figure out what works best for you and your work. Remember why you have a job and become passionate about what you are doing. There are many blessings that can come from working in a healthy environment; it just takes time to discover those blessings. Until next time, I am your local bookkeeping blogger. Have an amazing week!