Corporate culture hasn’t had the best reputation lately. Every company wants to encourage positive development, but they don’t know how to. The key to retaining talented staff and helping them develop and grow is promoting positive development in the workplace.
You do this by first throwing away all of the old and toxic clichés. Don’t force your employees to fake a smile or bottle up all their emotions. We all have lives outside of work, and the sooner we respect that, the better our staff will thrive.
The key to positive development is also listening and communication. This will lead to a more satisfied workforce and help you promote a healthy work-life balance. Team building exercises are also a huge part of this, as long as you consider everyone’s feedback.
For an easy guide to promoting positive development in the workplace, read our guide.
Promote a Healthy Work-Life Balance
Drawing the line between work and personal life is the key to keeping a healthy work environment. There are many layers to this, but all boil down to burnout prevention. Not being able to leave work behind after work hours is beyond exhausting.
After all, for most Americans, work is one of the most listed sources of stress. Don’t force your employees to go the extra mile without considering their well-being. Its effects are more detrimental than you think.
Doing so impacts both mental and physical health. This then can manifest in a person’s work productivity and output. Continuous pressure and stress will inevitably lead to low morale and job dissatisfaction.
It’s also possible for personal life troubles to get carried into their workplace. This is especially true for significant life-changing events like parenthood or having a loved one pass away. Giving every employee time to destress and deal with personal matters is crucial.
Sufficient vacation days and honoring planned time-off are a must. If anything, they’re the bare minimum every employer or company should follow.
Work-Life Balance: A Two-Way Street
An employee must also set expectations and create healthy boundaries from the get-go. A basic rule of thumb is clocking-off once you leave the office or workplace. If this is difficult, try starting small – don’t check work e-mails or messages outside of work.
Going off the grid while on vacation is another example. Your time outside work should be yours alone to spend. It doesn’t matter if it’s for self-care or bonding with your family.
Be clear about this, and make sure your management knows. Avoid overworking yourself or being a pushover or a yes-man or yes-woman. A good company can and will respect these, especially if they know what’s best for you and them.
If this isn’t the case, then you might be dealing with serious office politics. Worst case scenario, it might be power imbalance or discrimination. These are two very serious red flags you have to cull early on.
Ensuring a Satisfied Workforce
A positive work environment is one whose workforce has fair and equal treatment. One way to do this is to make sure that everyone feels heard and understood. This is why having a strong and unbiased HR Department is also crucial.
The HR Department is the bridge between management and employees. Through them, an organization is able to have a middle ground. They’re also responsible for overseeing the recruitment and hiring of new staff.
Thorough consultation processes and strategic planning often achieve this. There is security and trust when employees know that they have people who will consider their best interests.
In turn, this begets loyalty and a more unified environment. The problem arises when those in place abuse their position. This hampers the overall positive development for both management and employees.
Furthermore, it fuels resentment and mistrust among each other. When this happens, some may form an inner circle, leaving others isolated. The same is true for employees who find it hard to communicate or get along with others.
Recommending seminars and training can help and are also considered networking events. However, they might not be enough to form stronger relationships. This is why corporate events and team buildings came into the picture.
It’s something everyone in the office can look forward to. It brings a sense of festivities and hype, especially during the holiday season. This alone can get people talking, thus creating a more positive outlook in the workplace.
Redefining Team Building
The benefits of team building and other fun corporate events are undeniable. That said, the past two years have wreaked havoc on the traditional corporate and work scene. With the rise of remote work, many still question if it’s possible to bring this vibrant part of the corporate culture back.
Despite all the doubt, most upstanding companies have found a way to persevere. Zoom team building and other online and virtual networking at events like so became a thing. Ingenuity in these new work environments kept many of us sane.
Toxic Positivity Exposed
At the height of the pandemic, the internet kept most businesses and people going. With it came the rise in social media apps, cancel culture, and calling for accountability.
Among the need for accountability that came to light was toxic positivity. This was especially evident in workplaces and corporate culture. There were big paradigm shifts in the last two years.
If anything, it has brought more awareness to this issue. It’s also opened gateways into the perspective of the employee and employers. The takeaway from this is that it takes a lot to keep workspaces as positive and healthy as possible.
The least anyone can do for each other is give a little respect and kindness. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a good working environment. Showing them that they’re valued will go a long way.
How to Achieve Positive Development in the Workplace
The secret to positive development in the workplace is not that hard. The first step is listening to what your staff needs and figuring out who they are as people. You need to understand that your staff can carry personal worries with them.
A supportive environment will help them grow and will help you keep your talented staff. Part of this is making sure everyone fits in so they can grow together.
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