The question that haunts most employers on a day to day basis: how can I continue to motivate and improve morale in the workplace without spending a ton of money and time?
It doesn’t have to be a costly task.
Just the smallest additions or changes to the workplace and the surroundings can create a warmer and more inviting work environment. In turn, this can have a huge positive impact on productivity, quality of work and employee mood.
It’s true that a little bit of greenery can go a long way.
Bringing nature inside can make you feel more relaxed and comfortable – whether you put a couple of large plants by the entrance or a small plant on some of your employees’ desks, adding that little bit of greenery will have an instant impact.
What is it about plants that make workers apparently 15% more productive?
It may be something to do with adding some colour and life to the office that makes it more aesthetically pleasing.
But it could also have something to do with the biology as the foliage in the plant leaves absorbs air-borne pollutants, filtering away dust and improving air quality.
It makes a massive difference and doesn’t cost you a single penny. In fact, it could save you money by not stacking up a huge electricity bill on artificial light and, instead, relying on the sun to brighten up the workplace.
It has been scientifically proven that office workers with exposure to sunlight are 15% more creative and can improve their productivity by up to 40%.
For some workplaces, this may not be as straightforward as it sounds though.
Of course, it all depends on the time of year as to how much sunlight you can get throughout the day, and what if your building doesn’t have many windows or is surrounded by other taller buildings blocking the sunlight?
If this is the case, you can always encourage your staff to get outside for a few minutes every day so they get some Vitamin D and fresh air.
There has always been a question of whether music in the workplace is more of a hindrance than a help. But a recent study has shown that nine out of ten workers perform better when they are listening to music.
Music generally has a positive impact on a person’s mood and emotional state, hence it seems to make sense that with some background music employees have a better attitude and feel more motivated.
However, if you are introducing the radio to your work environment you may be required to purchase a licence as it may be classed as a public performance and therefore subject to copyright.
Bear in mind that music in the workplace may not be everyone’s preference, so you might want to think about getting staff opinion before blaring the radio too. If you find that a lot of people are against it then give permission, to those who think it might help them, to plug in some headphones at their desk.
Stock up your office
Providing your employees with everything they could possibly need to be comfortable and happy at work should be a top priority.
Does your kitchen have a toaster in case they get into work early and need to make some breakfast?
Have you thought about upgrading to a coffee machine for those who need a boost of caffeine throughout the day?
Is there a fully stocked stationary cupboard with post-it notes, pens, highlighters, staplers and anything that may be needed?
It’s these little things that count and make the office cosier and appealing, especially for employees who may be spending at least 35 hours a week there.
You want the workplace to be the type of environment that makes employees feel relaxed, alert and ready to get some work done.
At Guardian Support, we can support you 24/7 with any workplace issues that come your way. Our HR consultants are available at any time of day all week via phone or email, so no matter when you need us, we’ll be there to help. To book a free consultation, just call 0845 2626 260.