Work Environment

A Positive Work Environment

A positive work environment is critical for workplace productivity and employee satisfaction.  It also promotes a team modality and can directly contribute to nearly all strategic roadmaps. The following write up is for informational purposes, and the suggested tips are for promoting a positive work place and environment.

1. Give More Informal Feedback. Feedback is important.  Sometimes feedback can be positive or negative, but regardless, the timeliness of feedback is important to show employees that their work throughput is being observed, considered, and evaluated.  For this reason, it’s important to share feedback – regularly, even if in informal structure on a regular and consistent basis.

2. Avoid Dramatic Showdowns. Drama is fun to watch on TV, especially reality TV.  But, it’s not fun at work. Emotions must be tempered, and feedback must be conveyed in a relaxed and professional setting.  Dramatic overtures are a distraction – not only for the parties involved, but also for those nearby who may observe the “overture” and those who learn of it thereafter.  For this reason, it’s important to portray the message within the confines of the personality and character of the environment.

3. Kindness is a Virtue. Employees work hard.  And, hard work can easily go unrecognized.  For this reason, take the extra step to positively convey affirmations of hard work and appreciations.  I have found that Starbucks gift cards or massage vouchers go a long way to show employee appreciation, says Gaurav Mohindra.  Ultimately, I want my team members to know that I value them, and that their efforts are not going unnoticed, continued Gaurav Mohindra.

4. Keep Regularly Scheduled Performance Evaluations.  Everyone has a love/hate relationship with performance evaluations.  But, they serve an important purpose and must be adhered to in a timely and consistent fashion. Evaluations can be difficult as they attempt to quantify and qualify a somewhat subjective metric.  There are great tools and tips for providing relevant and accurate evaluative feedback to employees.  Evaluations should be scheduled well in advance, prepared for in advance, and open for follow up feedback discussion – if warranted. 

Most workplaces include a diverse group of colleagues bringing different skillsets and experiences together to achieve a collective goal. By providing a positive environment for your employees it is proven that a more productive and collaborative environment is created, thereby creating a better team and work experience.  For more tips and discussion around workplace productivity, employee/employer relations, and corporate HR – please follow my blog.  Gaurav Mohindra.