Three Easy Ways to Re-energize Your Workplace
Let's face it, the recession has given change in the workplace a bad rap. Salary freezes, pay cuts, layoffs...it's no wonder employees shrank from change and clung to stability and security. But now, employees are feeling frustrated with the status quo, and businesses are worrying about turnover and employee engagement.
It's time to re-energize your team! Get ready to shake things up a bit and make some changes for the better! Give these three tips a try:
1. Give Your Office Space a Makeover
Changing your work environment can have a big impact on everyone's outlook. Changes don't have to be big. Put on a fresh coat of paint. Schedule a company-wide cubicle cleanup day. Change the art on the walls. Or give everyone a small stipend to shop for their cube. The secret is to get people involved and emotionally invested in the changes.
Beyond redecorating, consider restructuring. For example, rearrange office space into specific zones like a meeting/brainstorming space that's located away from phones and computers. Have your team switch cubicles or change workspaces. This can help you build more cohesive teams that work well together, or just give them a fresh view and therefore a fresh outlook.
2. Ditch Those Outdated Policies and Procedures
Doing something a specific way simply because that's how it's always been done doesn't mean it's always the most efficient way. Ask your team to offer suggestions for improvement. You can do so in a meeting or via individual submissions.
This will give your employees a chance to share their input and ideas, make them feel like they're contributing to the overall department, and hopefully contribute to innovative and effective changes for your workforce. At the very least, you'll know which aspects of your company are not working for your employees and you can then take steps to change them.
3. Declare a "No Meeting Day"
Is there a bigger drain on productivity--or morale--than meetings? 51 percent of business leaders have said meetings are the biggest drain on their time. Studies show the average worker spends approximately six hours a week--more if you're a manager or executive--in meetings.
Too many meetings eat away at your employees' already busy schedules. Give everyone a break by picking a day in the week where meetings are off limits. Then evaluate some of your regularly scheduled meetings to see if you can cut any, or find ways to make them more productive (and therefore shorter). Just think what you could do with just an extra hour a week. Think about what it would mean if every employee had an extra hour or two to complete projects or brainstorm new ideas.
You don't have to make big changes around the office to help re-engage your staff and improve performance and productivity. Every step you take to better your company, whether it's changing the work environment or improving procedures, can make a big difference.