If you’re in the corporate world, it’s very likely that you spend a significant amount of time at the office, or interacting with other employees. Even if you’re in a remote role, working from home, the culture of the organization you work for infiltrates and affects your life. A positive workplace culture can really work wonders. It can increase engagement and attract talent while promoting happiness and productivity among those who work at the company. While a negative workplace culture can fester and breed toxicity, resentment, and ultimately, counter-productive or sub-par work. Prioritizing a healthy workplace culture and workplace wellness initiatives is a no-brainer. Creating one from the ground up, however, takes some effort.
Workplace wellness is a term used to describe programs and initiatives that are designed to improve the health and well-being of employees. These programs can include things like fitness programs, stress management initiatives, and nutritional counseling. Workplace wellness is important because it can help improve the overall health and well-being of employees. This can lead to increased productivity and decreased absenteeism. Additionally, workplace wellness can help to improve morale and create a more positive work environment.
So how do you work on your workplace wellness? When thinking of how to create a thriving culture at your in-person or remote workplace, appreciating employees and encouragement should always remain top of mind.
Evaluate the current culture
Before any changes are made, it’s important to take a long, hard look at the current culture. It is also wise to get some feedback from employees as they might have different feelings as to what needs to change. These open discussions with employees from all departments can help business leaders draft a plan for a high-performing workplace culture. Leadership coaches and Workplace Wellness Professionals can be a valuable part of this process, giving you guidance and leading you through the process.
Set expectations and goals
Like any task at work, defining your goals will keep you on track. The mission and vision should be clearly communicated with the rest of the workplace so that everyone can work towards the goal. Even though they may view it as extra work or effort that needs to be put in, achieving these goals will lead to organizational success, transparency, trust, and a brighter future at the company.
Recognize hard work
One of the main things that lead to a negative workplace culture is when employees are not feeling acknowledged or appreciated. This can also lead to employee burnout. When you notice that your employees are performing beyond your expectations, recognize and reward them. Creating a recognition or reward system can also motivate employees. These systems can include incentives and praise, or other rewards that could make your people feel truly appreciated.
Implement a Workplace Wellness Initiative
Enlisting the help of a leadership or workplace coach is one of the most efficient ways to change the culture for the better. Workplace Wellness professionals offer corporate wellness programs that can ensure the workplace is a positive space where people want to work. They’re also an ‘ear-on-the-ground’, and can gain valuable insight from employees that may have otherwise gone unheard.
Focus on ongoing employee engagement
Another extremely important aspect of shaping a positive, thriving workplace culture is employee engagement. Employees who deal with stressful tasks each day are at high risk of becoming disengaged. Disagreements and tension between people working within the same department can also result in negative feelings.
An organization is only as strong as its people, and happy people do better work!
A leadership or workplace coach can help you develop several employee engagement activities that can promote engagement. These activities aren’t expensive, but they do take some planning and participation from everyone.
An engaged team of employees will foster a positive workplace culture that aligns with the company’s organizational values and mission.
Continue working on the culture
Developing a thriving workplace culture is an ongoing project. Implementing a learning management system (LMS) that’s geared towards engagement and culture is a simple way to update and educate new and existing employees. An organization is only as strong as its people, and happy people do better work!
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