What’s the best work environment?
What’s the best environment to work in?
Is there an ideal work environment?
What does that look like and what does that mean for employee happiness, mood and engagement?
Recently, I was having a conversation about work environments with a friend who wasn’t feeling great about some changes her workplace was making in the office.
In an effort to turn more agile, her company was changing the work environment from secluded offices or cubicles to an open floor space plan.
Being an introvert who worked best in quieter environments without distractions, she was not loving this idea. For her to perform at her top level, she needs separation and focus.
Speaking with another friend about her work environment, she was having a touch time remaining efficient when she worked in an office that was a lot quieter with very few other people, or even worse when she worked from home.
She thrived on collaboration and speaking with co-workers, something she didn’t get in this work environment.
So, what’s an ideal work environment? What work environment makes employees happiest?
Well, it depends.
People and workplaces are unique. What makes an ideal work environment in one workplace might not work in another. The same goes for the Celpax device, what some workplaces do to launch, discuss results or share the results may not work for everyone.
Workplaces find their own rhythm and what works for them.
However, one of the best ways to learn is hearing from others and what we always suggest is to try and experiment!
So here’s work environment qualities that employees and our own users identify as making a great work environment.
Try these yourself and see how they affect your workplace mood:
Communication and Feedback:
Communication is key when it comes to workplace happiness and for a positive work environment. Our users ask their employees, “what makes us press the green button?” (And the red!)
Our data show that face to face communication, having real conversations, is the fastest way to increase Mood KPI.
Having clear communication and feedback between employees or managers-employees can also contribute to a more transparent workplace.
Workplace flexibility was one of the 2017 job trends according to Forbes.
According to the article, 40% of workforce will be freelancers in the next few years. It’s becoming a more popular benefit that employees are demanding.
Perhaps we hear more about in office environment but hey, working-class employees need work/life balance, too.
Airbnb topped Glassdoor’s list of best places to work and one of the reasons why employees say it’s so great is the collaborative environment.
Focus on well being:
One of our users, Cosatto aims to emphasize employee well being throughout the entire company. They encourage an ‘open door’ policy for employees and let them know that they can speak about how they’re feeling at work at any time.
User Dek Tech takes feedback from employees and then puts it to a vote to send the message that they care, are listening and taking actions to create the best environment to work in.
For many people, recognition is an important motivator and helps them feel happier in the workplace. We’ve talked before about how a simple ‘thank you’ can help improve employee morale and help to keep up Celpax participation.
Clean and natural lighting:
Remember the physical environment of your workplace. A safe, clean environment with bright, natural lighting can be very important for productivity and well being.
Environmental factors like noise can also play a part.
Growing and learning:
Providing opportunities to help employees grow at work, can play a part in engagement.
Ensuring that employees feel challenged but not overly stressed, could help you retain talent and attract new talents.