While you cannot always have a positive working environment, you will find that the more positive you are within your organization, the more positive and productive your employees will be. And by creating a positive work environment, you will also enjoy a higher employee retention rate. One way to create a positive working environment is by utilizing leadership training games and team building activities.
There are many ways to create a positive working environment for your employees, and the following articles offer many helpful suggestions on the subject: Building a High-Trust Culture #2: Invest in Respect, Creating a Company Culture of Joy, Creating and Keeping a Positive Company Culture, and Putting Employees Before Customers.
A positive working environment is extremely important for employee satisfaction and productivity, so if you would like a more productive team, make sure to focus on leadership training games that offer direct application to leadership excellence, as well as these other tips, to create a positive working environment within your organization.
Focus on respect within all levels of your organization.
According to Building a High-Trust Culture #2: Invest in Respect, trust comes from mutual respect. Employees are more productive and satisfied when they trust their employers, and in turn, they have fewer personal agendas and are better able to work in team environments. Invest in the positive aspects of your organization, and give employees a chance to see their successes, rather than just their shortcomings, and you will begin to see that employees will start focusing on the positives as well.
Create teams to share ideas and responsibility.
According to Creating a Company Culture of Joy, the company Menlo has achieved a positive working environment by creating working pairs for tasks. The idea behind pairing is that two sets of eyes are better than one, so when employees are writing software for Menlo, both partners are invested in the work, and they share the responsibility. Mistakes are often caught earlier when both partners are working toward the same goal. Other companies can create these working teams by utilizing leadership training games to identify different skill sets among their employees. Team members with complementing skill sets create effective teams within organizations.
Many companies are so focused on their product that they forget to identify their company goals and values. According to Creating and Keeping a Positive Company Culture, this is a mistake. Your company’s future direction and how employees and leaders treat one another is based on today’s goals and values, so you should first identify these aspects. And with those goals and values, you should identify the team players who are enthusiastic and are champions for your brand. Utilize leadership training games to identify these individuals, and shape your company based on your already-defined values.
Trust your employees and listen to both sides of every story.
Employees are just as important as customers for your organization, and according to Putting Employees Before Customers, it is important to trust your employees. Unfortunately, situations can arise that put both employee and customer in an unpleasant situation, and it is important for employees to feel that you are behind them. Part of this is ensuring that you listen to both sides, and, sometimes, removing your employee from the situation to relieve pressure on both sides. If this is how you handle the situation, make sure to fully discuss the situation with your employee to explain your reasoning and reduce hurt feelings.
Creating a positive working environment for your employees should be a priority for your company, as it fosters greater employee satisfaction and productivity. Utilize leadership training games, as well as the above strategies, to keep your company positive.
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About Dianne Crampton
Dianne Crampton is the Founder of TIGERS Success Series, Inc. She has helped leaders build teams of engaged and loyal employees for over two decades. Merrill Lynch nominated Crampton for Inc. Magazine’s Small Business Excellence awards for her merger and team change work.
She most recently was honored by HR. Com for owning one of the best small consultancy practices in North America.
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