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How_to_Create_a_Great_Place_of_Work_for_Your_EmployeesWork is often something people see as a necessary, yet unenjoyable task. It doesn’t need to be that way, of course, and as an HR manager or a business owner, you’re much happier if your employees are excited and upbeat about coming to the office. You’ve read the studies showing that engaged employees are not only more productive, but they’re happier and often healthier too.

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The question for you is how you can create the environment where your employees thrive. Many workplaces across the country are less than ideal, and there are many disengaged, unhappy employees out there. You can avoid this, however, just by taking some of the steps here and working to create a better place of work for all your employees.

Align Company Values with Actions

Most companies have some sort of values statement. They may outline the values in the employee handbook, or perhaps they display the statement on the wall. Employees may be reminded in meetings or in memos.

While many companies invest in communicating their values, they often do less to reinforce those values. If you say your office values eco-friendly initiatives but it uses inefficient equipment, goes through reams of paper, and doesn’t recycle, there’s a discrepancy between your values and your actions.

One of the best things any HR manager or business owner can do is ensure they and others in the business align values with actions. If you value eco-friendly initiatives, then take steps to support them and green the office. If your company values say you value diversity, make an effort to introduce policies supporting it.

Give Feedback

Most employees today say they want more feedback from their employers. In fact, communication in general is probably one of the biggest problems in any workplace environment. Good communication goes a long way in creating a better workplace environment.

It’s easy to see why. If you communicate feedback to an employee early on during a project, they can adjust their efforts to be more in line with what you need and want. On the other hand, if they receive no feedback until the end of the project, they may not meet expectations. Both you and the employee will be left disappointed in this scenario.

Frequent and positive communication can also help foster a sense of community and team membership. Keep in mind feedback isn’t always critical. If someone’s doing a great job, tell them. Let them know you see and appreciate their hard work.

Recognize Employees

Communicating and recognizing an employee’s contributions also play into a rewards and recognition program. Sometimes, creating a better workplace is as simple as ensuring your employees know they’re appreciated and valued. If you can recognize employees for the good they do around the office, even if it’s something small, it can go a long way to creating a more welcoming and inclusive work environment.

Encourage Diverse Teamwork

Your workforce should be diverse. There are many advantages to making diversity a priority in your workplace. One of those is that diversity actually helps improve the workplace environment, so long as it’s inclusive.

You may wish to strengthen policies about inclusivity, harassment, and other related subjects. Encouraging diverse teams to work together is another way to create a more inclusive, positive workplace. Training may also play a role.

Ongoing Learning and Development

Finally, present your employees with opportunities to continue learning and growing with you. The world is changing, and new skills are needed.

A great place of work is possible, and any of these steps can help you achieve one.

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Darwyne Lang

Darwyne is the president and CEO of Apri Insurance Services Inc. Having worked in the industry for over 30 years, he lives the benefits business every day. He is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). He understand the needs, costs, misconceptions, and effects on brand and culture, and the importance of benefits for employees. No matter what he’s doing, whether for work or pleasure, Darwyne competes at a very high level. He loves to lead and innovate in everything he does.

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