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8 Mistakes To Avoid For A Successful Working Environment

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Find out whether your office or workplace is failing at the 8 common mistakes that stifle productivity. More importantly, find out how to fix them for a successful working environment.

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8 Mistakes To Avoid For A Successful Working Environment

  1. 1. Eight Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment
  2. 2. Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk Eight Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment Ensuring that your workplace is a happy one is key to maintaining an efficient working environment. There is a range of ways to make sure that you and your employees are happy in their place of work, whether you work in a small office building or a large, multi-site environment. Conversely, there are several factors which can contribute to a hostile work atmosphere, and it goes without saying that these should be avoided at all costs. This guide will detail some of the most common and harmful errors that managers and CEOs can commit when running a work environment, with the aim of helping you avoid them yourself and allowing you and your employees to enjoy the workplace as they should. Implementing these rules and removing any detrimental elements may not be an immediate fix; it may take a certain amount of time to come up with different processes, but once they are integrated within your business then you will start to see positive results. Written by Andrew Jones For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk 1 Eight Things to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment
  3. 3. Eight Things to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk 1. Cliques 2. Lack of Reward TOP TIPS While it is natural for friendships among some people to be closer than among others, particularly amongst those who work in close proximity to one another, cliques can be detrimental to the morale of those who aren’t involved in them. If employees are feeling excluded from social activities or groups, this can have a negative effect on their work and their self-esteem. Try and ensure regular social events for the entire workforce to help encourage staff to integrate with people they may not usually talk to. If there is a friendly, positive atmosphere in and around your work environment then employees’ attitudes to work can be hugely increased – they will enjoy coming into work, rather than dreading it because they do not feel included by their peers. Rewarding outstanding work from employees is important if they are to feel valued and recognised as a part of your company. If they see that less hard-working employees are being rewarded with promotions or bonuses, for example, whilst they are not receiving any recognition for their work, this can make them feel undervalued and have a detrimental effect on their motivation, too. By making your employees aware that hard work will be rewarded, whatever the incentive may be, you can encourage them to push themselves and these incentives will work wonders for their morale. 2 TOP TIPS Encourage social activities involving the entire workplace Arrange seating so staff can integrate with people from other departments Include communal areas in the workplace (pool table, breakout rooms, etc.) Don’t situate an entire friendship group together, spread them out across the office Don’t show favouritism to one group of people over another, the last thing employees want to see is their boss favouring certain people Don’t allow certain groups to have monopoly over break rooms, games tables, etc. Make employees aware of incentives available to them Set realistic targets to achieve said incentives Ensure equal incentives for all departments, make sure staff know they’re all valued equally Don’t ignore even the smallest achievements – any form of progress is good Don’t renege on incentives after targets have been reached Don’t reward employees with incentives that don’t match the scale of their achievement Written by Andrew Jones For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk
  4. 4. 3. Untidy, Unattractive Environment You know how it feels to come home to a cluttered, messy house, and walking into an office that is also untidy can have the same depressing effect on employees, too. Look around your workplace – are there any empty boxes or stacks of unorganised paperwork near desks or on tables? All of these things make your office seem smaller, cramped and uncared for. The effect it has on mentality may not be immediately noticeable, but constantly coming into work to be greeted with an untidy environment can wear you down and have a subconscious effect on your mood and attitude. As well as the general tidiness and cleanliness of your workplace, the way it looks can also affect the way your employees work. By having an attractive, well designed workplace you can create a welcoming, refreshing environment that not only is a pleasure to work in, but can also help boost creativity, productivity and provide a friendly, upbeat atmosphere. 4. Lack of Communication This goes for everyone at all levels of employment in your workplace, from the part-time staff to the CEO of the company. Communication is key to the smooth and efficient running of any work environment – a lack of communication can slow down processes and create unnecessary work for people. It is beneficial for employees to feel like they can talk to their colleagues and superiors about anything – it helps them feel valued as a member of the team, whether it’s about a personal issue or a work-related discussion. 3 TOP TIPS Use design that creates a warm, friendly environment Avoid stacking cardboard boxes, or any unused equipment around the office Regular desk-cleaning should be carried out by employees Don’t clutter desks with too much equipment Don’t place desks or workstations too close together Don’t leave rubbish collection/disposal to one person – create a rota TOP TIPS Encourage communication through all levels of the workplace Undertake surveys and polls to gauge employee morale and attitude Be pro-active about employees’ concerns – don’t just listen and take no action Don’t assume all employees are happy all the time Don’t ignore signs of potential rifts or problems developing Don’t treat concerns, however small, as if they are trivial By not listening to any concerns raised by colleagues or employees, negative tensions and attitudes can build up as staff may feel like their opinions do not matter in the workplace. This can raise disquiet amongst colleagues who feel like they are being ignored, and having several unhappy members of a team can lead to a drastic effect on work rate, quality of work and atmosphere. The break-out areas at Trafficmaster are spacious, uncluttered and attractive. Fully stocked machines ensure that all staff are able to choose from a range of snacks and hot & cold drinks and food. For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk Written by Andrew Jones
  5. 5. Eight Things to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk 5. Too Much Pressure It goes without saying that every business wants to be the best they can be, but there are ways to achieve this and instil this ethos in your staff without putting them under undue pressure. Wanting staff to meet certain standards is natural, but if they are living in fear of what will happen if they don’t meet those standards then their work environment will not be a very comfortable one. It is important to ensure that employees have the right balance between a good work ethic and being comfortable in their job. Set targets for staff, motivate them, but don’t do so by giving them ultimatums or warnings over what will happen if they don’t reach your targets. If your employees are worrying about work even when they’re not at work, then there is a definite problem and it shows that the work environment is creating undue stress for your employees. 6. Lack of Personal touch No matter where you work or what your role is within your company, feeling valued as a person as well as an employee is vital for creating a friendly, communal atmosphere. If you treat your staff as nothing but workers, there to do their jobs and get results for the company and nothing else, it is very unlikely that they will be full of enthusiasm for their work. If you treat your employees like people, they will feel more inclined to push themselves and exceed expectations. Treating employees like you would expect to be treated yourself can yield such an improvement in all aspects of your workplace, from the attitudes and confidence of your staff to the general atmosphere during a working day. 4 TOP TIPS Set realistic targets Encourage staff if you see them struggling Ensure employees are aware of the importance of a manageable workload Don’t set ultimatums Don’t set targets that require excessive work (skipping breaks, etc.) Don’t constantly check if employees are on track for targets – they will feel pressured TOP TIPS Talk to your employees about subjects other than work Ensure a sense of equality – employees should feel like they can chat to those in higher roles than them Walk round the office or work environment regularly and speak to your employees Don’t limit communications with staff to emails or phone calls where possible Don’t keep yourself in your own office – this can be off-putting to employees who want to speak to you Don’t create an overbearing sense of hierarchy within the workplace – although there is a structure, it can become excessive Written by Andrew Jones For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk
  6. 6. Eight Things to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk 5 7. Not Leading by Example Whether you are the owner, a manager or a team leader in a company, it is important that you set the right example to those in your workplace, whether they have similar or different roles to yourself. If you expect them to work hard and reach targets or deadlines then it is important you show that you are working hard as well. If they feel like their boss isn’t pulling his or her weight then they may feel a sense of inequality – if their manager or team leader isn’t working hard, why should they? Not only does a solid, company-wide work ethic boost productivity and yield results, it also makes for a happy workplace. If everyone shares the same positive attitude it will become noticeable in your environment – there will be a buzz about the place and a sense of achievement will be apparent with the results that follow. TOP TIPS Show yourself to be working hard without boasting Keep employees up to date with progress and future meetings you are attending Inform employees of your own targets – this will allow them to see the progress you make Don’t keep employees in the dark about company progress Don’t show double standards with regards to reaching targets Don’t brush your own weaknesses under the carpet - show yourself to be working hard to improve on anything that needs to be improved on Written by Andrew Jones For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk
  7. 7. Eight Things to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk 6 8. Refreshments & Leisure Time In order to be as comfortable as possible at work, employees must have the necessary facilities for refreshments available to them – drinking water, coffee machines and snack machines are all important to ensure that there is food and drink available easily, should they need it. As well as helping employees feel more comfortable, being refreshed and relaxed can help boost productivity as well. If staff are dehydrated or uncomfortably hungry, their concentration could suffer and their work output could decrease. TOP TIPS Utilise breakout areas that contain a mixture of refreshments, entertainment and comfort Ensure there are a variety of refreshments (hot drinks, cold drinks, snacks, etc.) Allow each employee regular, uninterrupted breaks each day to relax Don’t underestimate importance of breakout rooms and leisure time Don’t cut corners on providing adequate facilities in break rooms and leisure areas Don’t place unreasonable restrictions on break/lunch lengths The installation at Wayside BMW-Mini contains a variety of hot drinks, cold drinks, hot & cold food and snacks. Break areas where people can relax at lunch times or break times are very important – these breaks can allow staff to disconnect from their work for a short time, giving their minds a rest and allowing them to return to their work refreshed and revitalised. If you want to get the best out of your business, then your working environment has to be one that is beneficial to all those who use it. The errors and misgivings that are listed above are common throughout all types of workplaces, and the effect that these mistakes can have on employee morale and performance should not be underestimated. Talk to your staff – finding out what they like about their workplace and things that they feel can be improved on will help you make any necessary changes to bring your work environment up to standard. A happy workplace is a productive one, and by creating a workplace that staff enjoy being in, both employees and the business itself can reap the rewards. Written by Andrew Jones For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk
  8. 8. Eight Things to Avoid When Creating a Successful Working Environment Visit our website at: www.expressvending.co.uk 7 CONTACT Want to find out more? Established in 1992, Express Vending are specialists in the supply, installation and maintenance of state-of-the-art vending solutions for organisations of all sizes and functions. We can tailor our service to suit your requirements: whether you need a snack machine or a vending machine that dispenses hot drinks, our range of machines plus our expert team means we have everything you need. We have worked with a range of companies from Amazon to The Open University, and our personal, professional and committed service means that 98% of our customers choose to extend their contracts with us. If you would like to know how to improve your workplace or for more information about Express Vending as a company, get in touch today via phone, email or the contact form on our website and we’ll be happy to help. Telephone: 0800 533 5841 info@expressvending.co.uk www.expressvending.co.uk Written by Andrew Jones For more information call: 0800 533 5841 or email: info@expressvending.co.uk

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