6 Ways to Create a Positive Work Environment
People in a positive environment flourish in their lives and careers by building more meaningful relationships and connections. Being positive and showing gratitude go hand in hand. When you are more positive employees become more resilient to stress and know their work is appreciated. The holiday season is a joyous opportunity to tell your employees and your coworkers that you care about them.
There are many things you can do to stay positive and show your gratitude, especially this time of year. Here are some ideas to put into practice, and into your routine, starting today.
1. Praise employees in person.
Nonverbal cues cannot be expressed in email or a text. Genuine praise is conveyed in facial expressions, body language and in your tone. Your colleagues and co-workers will know your praise comes from the heart when you do it face-to-face.
2. Personalized gift
A small gift, and a thank-you note can show your employees that they are appreciated. Give a gift card to a coffee shop, or store with a personalized card. Be specific about why you are thanking the person. You’d be surprised how many employees will keep your note, post it at their work station, and show it to their families. It serves as a constant reminder that they are valued.
3. Hold appreciation lunches
Everyone loves food. Hold an appreciation breakfast or luncheon for the entire staff, either offsite or onsite. Serve a variety of foods, including vegetarian and vegan, so everyone can participate. Treat employees to an annual holiday luncheon, at a location that features games and things to do for families. Shut the office down at noon, so that everyone can attend the event.
4. Create earned awards
Some businesses institute a strategy of earned rewards for individuals or groups. Post a contest for a sales goal, with a desirable reward like a company picnic or outing if the goal is reached. Institute a “trophy of the month” award for the employee that best represents your mission. Let the employee display the trophy at their desk for the entire month. Choose the winner yourself or let the employees vote. Or let employees accumulate points towards time off.
5. Write a thank-you note
A handwritten note is always appreciated. If you’re not sure what to write, use words like proud, super, pleased, impressed, honored, gratifying, appreciative and rewarding or using examples of something you noticed that the employee did well. A personalized thank-you note offers a tangible reward that goes beyond words.
6. Provide opportunity
People want chances for training and cross training. They want to participate on a special committee where their talents are noticed. They like to attend professional association meetings and represent your organization at civic and philanthropic events. Give them ample opportunities to do so.
Don’t let this golden opportunity to build employee moral pass you by. Your positivity and abundance will overflow and eventually bolster your company’s relationship with customers and clients.