Some ideas that have worked in other companies
- Turn workspaces to establish relationships with other members and encourage continuous learning. It is the opposite of stagnating or maintaining rigid structures.
- Acknowledge each other’s efforts, especially on bad days, so that they never leave work worried or angry.
- Address people by name and take an interest in them. For example, celebrate or congratulate them on their birthdays, work or personal achievements, etc.
- Hire trainers to run workshops on interpersonal communication techniques, active listening, assertiveness, emotional intelligence, group dynamics and teamwork.
- Install satisfaction meters where employees mark their level of satisfaction at the end of the day.
- Facilitate and promote healthy living: providing a space to park bikes, showers, an area with machines, healthy snacks such as fruit, regular medical visits.
- Create a space for socialising with a coffee machine, a hot and cold water dispenser for tea, etc. And, if you offer food for free or at low cost, you will save costs – of transport or restaurants -, time – of going home -, and you will be able to promote healthy food and the relationship between workers.
- Doing projects outside the workplace such as excursions, courses, charity causes or activities designed for companies will help your team to interact and get to know each other, facilitating an inclusive climate.
Taking the reference of successful cases in Silicon Valley, we will see:
- A workspace that leads to creativity and concentration
- It is essential to use as much natural light and ventilation as possible; plants also help to create a pleasant atmosphere. Visually, it has to be a clean and tidy space, with touches of colour, but not saturated with decorations.
- Space must be adapted to the people who use it, facilitating movement and communication. Create complementary areas to meet; changing the room awakens the mind, and changing the posture helps to be more comfortable.
- Ensure that the spaces have the materials in good condition, and in the case of software that is functional and up-to-date.
- Making it easier to reconcile work and personal life will increase employee satisfaction, so why keep unproductive days from 9 to 6?
- Teleworking or flexible working hours give employees autonomy and, when they have control of distributing their time, their stress will decrease, and their overall satisfaction and satisfaction with the company will increase. As a leader, ask yourself if you prefer your employees to keep their hours or to do their work.
- Then, knowing that you have chosen the most efficient response for your company, set goals and facilitate a working day in line with the needs of your employees.
Professional is also personal
- Employees are people, so they will find value in a company that cares about their well-being.
- This concept is key if we want to attract and retain talent if we want our employees to be the first ambassadors of our brand if we are going to create a pleasant working environment for everyone where everyone contributes their best and is valued for it.
- Sometimes investments are not counted in currencies.