Let’s face it, no matter how motivated, adaptive, and creative your employees are, working in an office can be exhausting. Sometimes it’s not so much the environment that lacks inspiration but a particular project your team is working on.
However, at times, it’s not a completely new environment, project, or employees that your office needs but instead a little transformation in the office to stimulate your current staff. In this sense, change can be a good thing and might be exactly what your office requires.
With the following nine suggestions, your office staff will be more inspired and motivated than ever before:
- Upgrade old equipment with ergonomic equipment.
Sitting in a hard chair staring at a computer screen is not a comfortable nor healthy way to spend eight hours, five days a week. This position can cause neck and shoulder pain, eye strain, poor blood flow, and hand and wrist pain. However, with ergonomic furniture and technology, your staff can avoid injuries caused by using the improper equipment.
In fact, according to OSHA, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 33 percent of musculoskeletal disorders (e.g., tendonitis, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff injuries) are received from work. In an office setting, convertible desks, padded chairs, and adjustable monitors can eliminate some of these injuries, thus can improve comfort and motivation among employees.
- Make your business’s goals known.
Your staff aren’t going to be inspired and motivated if they don’t know what specific goals they’re working towards. If your employees are blindly working on a project without understanding its main intent, it’s hard to feel passionate. Therefore, making sure your staff are aware of your business’s specific goals can make a world of difference in the office.
- Bring nature inside your office.
Sometimes upon walking into an office, it’s hard not to feel instant tension. Professional environments tend to be classified as strict, boring, fast-paced, and stressful. Fortunately, there’s a way to eliminate some of the latter to make your employees more relaxed and creative on the job: bring nature indoors.
Adding indoor plants, cut flowers, or succulents around the office or on your staffs’ desks can provide a calming, more natural environment for your employees. In fact, the colour green has been shown to contribute to creativity, relaxation, vitality, and concentration, according to Welldoing. With the latter, employees will find the job more enjoyable and less frustrating.
- Fuel your employees with coffee and snacks.
It’s hard to focus let alone be productive on an empty stomach. In fact, some of your employees might not even opt for a well-balanced meal before work. However, lacking the proper calories can cause moody staff that make frequent mistakes. Offering free nourishment at the workplace can fuel your staff the nutrients they need to properly think, brainstorm and perform.
Fortunately, providing caffeine and food in your office doesn’t mean you have to go out of your way to do so. With office coffee services, you can have fresh beverages and/or snacks delivered straight to your office daily.
- Assign your staff the most appropriate tasks based on their skills and passions.
Everyone has their own natural gifts, likes, and dislikes. Some of your staff might be quiet, independent, and analytical while others might be more talkative, cooperative, and creative. The experience, passions, and personality traits of your individual staff members might make them more or less germane for certain assignments in the office.
Delegating certain tasks, responsibilities, or projects to certain employees not only means the job will get done by the right person the quickest but also that your employees will be the happiest doing things at work they are most relevant for. Additionally, your staff will feel appreciated knowing their specific skills are being recognized.
- Provide plenty of tools and resources to work with.
Nothing eliminates motivation more than not having the proper assets to get the job done. Without relevant tools and resources, staff may feel lost when working on a project. Providing the right technology, documents, assistance, and the like can eliminate confusion and ensure your staff can work quicker, more efficiently, and more confidently knowing they are prepared.
- Give your staff plenty of breaks and time off.
Even the best and most dedicated staff get burnt out, but it doesn’t mean they’re no longer a good match for your company. Instead, it might mean they just need a break or a little vacation. Allowing your staff to have longer or more frequent breaks, more paid time off, or even flexible work hours can help your employees maintain a healthy and happy work-life balance.
- Provide accommodations for your employees.
The important thing to remember is that no two employees are alike. Each employee will have their own temperament, personality traits, and preferences. Therefore, your staff should be treated as individuals and given accommodations or modifications as necessary. But first, it’s important to get well-acquainted with your employees without getting too personal.
Once you understand your staff on a semi-personal level, providing the appropriate accommodations for them can allow them to be the happiest on the job. For instance, if an employee has ADHD, allowing them more freedom to move around the office during working hours might be exactly what they need to be their most productive self.
- Reward your staff when necessary.
Sometimes, pay is not enough to feel appreciated. Even with raises and bonuses, your employees might not feel completely fulfilled for their time, effort, and dedication to your business. Sometimes buying your staff lunch every now and then, buying a small gift for each of your staffs’ birthdays, and verbally praising your employees can mean more than money.
While some staff may innately be more inspired and motivated than others, every employee can benefit from a fun switcharoo in the office. Whether it be adding a coffee and snack bar to the office or swapping out uncomfortable equipment with cosy, ergonomic setups can make a significant difference in how your employees behave, feel, think, and in turn, and produce.