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Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Business’s Work Environment

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    Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Business’s Work Environment Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Business’s Work Environment Presentation Transcript

    • Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Business’s Work Environment
    • People spend a great deal of time at their places ofbusiness, so it’s important that they are spendingthat time in a pleasant work environment. Itshouldn’t be news to you to hear that whenemployees enjoy the atmosphere of the workplacethat they are more likely to care about their jobsand put forth 100 percent effort. If you think thatyour business could use some improvements, butyou can’t afford to spend too much money, thereare still plenty of things you can do around theoffice to create a more positive work environment.
    • Beautify Your Office SpaceSomething as simple as improving your office’s appearancecan have a drastic impact on your employees’ spirit andmotivation. If your office walls resemble those of a drabprison cell, then that’s exactly how your employees willenvision them. Having the walls painted with bright colorswould be the best solution, but if you can’t afford to do that,there are other options, like hanging photos. Similarly, if themajority of your team is confined to small cubicle spaces,those walls could dampen the mood as well. You couldencourage your employees to brighten up the office bydecorating their cubicles. This will also give employees anoutlet for self expression as well as help your team membersget to know each other better.
    • A Place to EscapeIf your business is currently lacking a break room, thenthat is something your employees are surely missing. Ifemployees are unable to leave the premises during theirbreak time or lunch hour, then they need a place they cango to escape work from time to time. A break room canprovide a place to eat lunch, so employees aren’t forcedto eat at their desks. It can also provide a place forsocializing or just a place to go to when frustrationstrikes. If your office doesn’t have a room designed forthis purpose, you could easily transform an unused officeinto a break room or even rearrange some cubiclestructures to create a lounge area.
    • Bits and BaublesThere is a multitude of little things you can do around the workplace that can make aworld of difference to your employees. An easy way to discover what these thingsmight be is to walk around the office and take note of little details that are missingthat you would enjoy. Some examples could be:• A couple magazine subscriptions in the break room• A coffee pot for everyone to use• Mints at the reception desk• Plants• Wall decorationsYou could also consider some one-time purchases that could really make everyone’slives easier, such as:• A paper shredder• A fax machine• An extra phone for the break room• A headset for your administrative assistant• An updated copy machine• A water cooler for the hallway
    • Improving MoraleFinally, and perhaps most importantly, focusing directly on morale is a greatplan of attack for creating a positive atmosphere. If you need some helpcoming up with ideas for improving morale, don’t hesitate to ask youradministrative assistant or employees for their input. Usually, it’s the littlethings that count. For example, do you acknowledge your employees’birthdays? Do you publicly recognize your employees’ anniversaries with thecompany? Doing this doesn’t have to cost much money—simply havingeveryone sign a card or gather for five minutes in a conference room toapplaud and cheer can mean a lot to someone.Try to come up with some other activities that encourage your team tosocialize with each other and allow them to take a brief break from thestresses of work. Some activities you could try include:• Potluck lunches• Seasonal parties• Contests with prizes• An employee of the month program• Social outings on weekends• And more