Workplace success requires an effective relationship between employer and employee. Poor leadership, ineffective processes, being unorganised or not striving for wholesome and transparent communication can present obstacles to this relationship. There are, however, a variety of facets that help employers achieve maximum employee output. This in turn can turn an employer’s business or company into a high performance workplace.
While our staff should be one of our top priorities, in order to provide them with the tools for success, employers must take a variety of factors into consideration. From day to day mental and health support to development opportunities, but also a work environment conducive to maximum efficiency.
Let’s discuss some ways you as an employer can turn your work environment and culture into the ideal hive for your high performance teams.
Ways to Transform Your Business into a High Performance Workplace
In terms of creating the perfect workplace environment both for productivity and employee wellness, there are few key factors to take into consideration. By analysing and creating a physical space that lends itself to efficiency and communication, you’re giving your staff a place to come together, feel comfortable and feel in their element. The other key factor is engaging and empowering your staff for the perfect employee experience. Both of these things are imperative to a healthy and high performance workplace. We’ll go into a few ways each of these items can vastly improve productivity and output at your company.
So what about physical ways that open up opportunities for your employees to excel and give you an even better product? Progressive ideology regarding when and where your staff completes their work has led to higher productivity rates and a better quality product – whether your business involves collaborative thinking and brainstorming or your company creates a product for a consumer market. Providing them with a sustainable work environment where they’re comfortable and feel prepared to get to work sets them up for success. Some things you may consider for your staff include:
A variety of different work spaces – Perhaps you have an employee who works best alone, in solitude, to focus. This can mean one or two offices where they have all the amenities and supplies they need, but with the option of closing off from the rest of the office. Open spaces with comfortable and more casual seating can be beneficial to think tank inspiration, opting for direct eye contact and opening up communication. Spaces for individual work or group work that are also conducive to switching things up if need be can offer your staff the ultimate spot to do whatever work fits the space – variety is the spice of life!
Ensure your office layout isn’t counter-productive – If the printer everyone uses frequently is all the way on the other end of the office, you may want to rethink its location. Does your company hold frequent meetings? If a coffee bar or your office kitchen happens to be the hub for great communication and brainstorming, you may want to find or create a space that caters to accessibility. Make sure meeting spaces aren’t located too near your quiet spaces, and your office space enables your staff to really dive into their ideas and progress.
Ask your staff! – We all know that creating the perfect employee experience means happier staff, and happier staff typically translates to people who want to work and do better for their employers. Ask them what they want, after all, every person is different and the needs or comforts of one may not apply to everyone.
Invest in tools that make the job easier – In the vein of working smarter not harder, upgrading in house tools and software that can make jobs and communication easier can relieve frustrations. Not to mention, better and updated tools typically mean faster turn around, so you’re already reinforcing a higher productivity rate.
Aside from the physical aspects of your work space, other ways you can make the transformation to a high performance workplace include maximising the employee experience through growth, development and support. Advancement opportunities, constant constructive feedback and acknowledgement empower your staff to strive to learn and contribute more.
By enabling employees, employers give them strength to contribute ideas and concerns and the overall impact on the work environment is bound to be positive. Once all is said and done, creating a productive workplace that caters to your employees and a great resulting product doesn’t mean breaking the bank. It just means being open to endless possibilities!
Understanding your team can help you build a happier, healthier and more productive workplace. At hug, we’ve developed a platform to help. Book a demo by clicking here today.