Skip to main content

How To Create A Positive Workplace

Who wants to go to work, dreading it? Not me. And I’m sure that any employee that dreads going to work will not be an employee for long. That’s what as an owner, or a manager of a company, you need to focus on creating a positive workplace.

Good Co. says, “We spend so much of our life at work and with today’s tough business climate there are more challenges and stresses than ever before. How can we create a more positive work environment when we have no authority to make changes? The reality is, the attitude we bring to work plays a big part. The suggestions below are for influencing the people around us.

Our colleagues and especially our boss, have a huge impact on our work experience, and one of the best ways to improve their attitude is to model the behavior we want to see in them. If we show respect, trust, patience and encouragement, we are more likely to receive them in return.”

Be Generous With Benefits
As an owner, you cannot give until you have nothing left to give, but you can be as generous as possible. Be generous with benefits - and I do not just mean salary. Although salary is very important, a lot of employees will consider receiving less in salary if they have better overall benefits such as health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vacation time, flexible work hours, remote working options, and more.

For example, a friend of mine had the choice to make $5,000 less a year at a company that let him work from home, have unlimited vacation (obviously, you have to be professional with this and not take it for granted), and many other perks compared to a company that paid $5,000 more a year, but did not offer work from home benefits and only gave 4 weeks of vacation. In the scheme of things, $5,000 is not a huge difference, but this is just one small example of why benefits such as work from home perks and enough vacation can be more beneficial compared to monetary compensation.  

What is comes down to is that the employee feels valued. If you value an employee, you trust them to get their work done, no matter what hours or days or working. If they work better at home with their family, let them be there, if possible. Be generous with understanding what they need and want when it comes to benefits + perks and you will have extremely happy employees, which will help create a positive workplace.

Get Families Involved
One way that I’ve found that really works with creating a positive workplace is by getting the families involved. Hosting firm-wide events, with the entire family, not only gets your employees mingling and connecting on a deeper level (which will help form trust and communication), but it will also get them to connect with their family members and hopefully will allow for friendships to flourish inside and outside of the office. I’m not sure about you, but when I have co-workers that are friends, the workplace always seems so much more positive than when I am surrounded by people I barely know. In addition to this, employees love when their families know who they are working with. It allows for ease of conversation, with no guessing, at home. Getting families involved is a great way to treat your employees (and their families) to dinner, games, and/or parties and it will make your office feel more like a large family vs. just a workplace.

Provide Snacks, Drinks, and Other Perks
This is a very basic tip, but provide snacks, drinks, and maybe even lunch or dinner on occasion, as well. This ensures that your employees are well fueled, it saves time and helps with productivity since they do not have to go out to eat every single day, and it also shows them that you appreciate them. All around, it is a win-win. If you have a busy season such as CPA’s, I always recommend you buying lunch and/or dinner for the whole firm, to help with productivity, energy, and health, in general.

Hire Great Employees
Last but not least, in order to create a positive workplace, you need to hire great employees. If you are having to constantly get onto your employees about work or productivity, this is not only bringing down the mood, but it is also putting more stress on you and on the employee, as well. If this is happening, it might be time to consider hiring new employees, but as an owner or a manager, you don’t have the time for this and that often results in shotgun hiring.

People Science says, “In a world of finite time and resources, companies need to rely on processes to lower the cost of acquisition and retention of high performing employees. A shotgun approach resume style hiring leads to sifting through multiple possibilities, and essentially hoping to land the best candidate for the position. With any business, systemization, experience, and scale are keys to growth and advantage in the free market. Hiring is no different. Technology companies for example need to focus on software, infrastructure, scale, and growth. With a dedicated RPO team, the entire responsibility is entrusted with a provider whose sole task is to eliminate waste, increase efficiencies, so businesses can focus on their true value position - providing goods and services, not developing an in-house employment staffing agency.”

Recruitment Process Outsourcing, or RPO, is a solution for employers that is very beneficial. This solution entails the recruitment process outsourcer assuming total responsibility of the recruitment effort, or the entire continuum, depending on your needs and wants. Based out of New Jersey, People Science provides comprehensive HR expertise at every stage including recruiting, compensation benchmarking, pre-employment testing and hiring, retention strategy, and more. All of the services at People Science is customized for each customer, based on their wants and needs, but your first step will be to always identify your sore spots.

RPO by People Science has been proven effective in large scale recruitment initiatives such as call centers and retail chains, souring for the more specific and difficult to find talent sectors, and the management of a company’s entire recruiting department.

Founder and CEO, Christine Nichols, founded People Science as the one and only solution for the toughest hiring challenges. She says, “If you are struggling for recruiting solutions, we welcome your inquiry and offer this food for thought:

We are currently in the midst of the most sophisticated and difficult to maneuver recruiting markets in history. Recruiting has become a balancing act. The science of the act of recruitment tells us that a methodology of recruiting occurs with each hire. Those who understand the methodology take a pro-active stance, balance the activities needed, monitor and adjust their performance, and have the best chances of hiring and retaining the best available talent.

This is an exciting time to be in the recruiting field. I personally welcome your inquiries and comments.”