Did you know that a huge 130 billion working days are lost annually due to employee absences? This large number needn't come as a surprise, given that a third of UK workers are unhappy with their working environment. It may not be the first thing on a managing director's mind, but employee satisfaction has been shown to be vital to the success of a business. Studies have also found that companies who have happier employee outperform their competition by up to 20% and sales workers close 37% more sales when satisfied at work. The numbers don't lie!
If you feel your workplace is feeling a little sombre, all is not lost! We've put together a list of tips that will keep your office a happy place to work.
Give praise where praise is due
Everyone wants to feel appreciated and that their hard work is valued, so ensure that your employees feel their efforts are recognised. This can have a huge impact on performance; did you know that in the US, the number one reason people quit their jobs is due to lack of appreciation? Why not show your team this by holding quarterly awards for employees who have performed particularly well, or give regular appraisals, being sure to focus on the positives.
Offer amazing perks
According to Glassdoor, 4 in 5 employees prefer meaningful perks at work over a pay-rise. Shocking, but true! Examples of great workplace perks that were popular include healthcare, paid vacation time and flexible schedules such as the option to work from home. Offering perks can improve employee's quality of life and make them feel as though the company they work for really care for their well-being, thus making them happier and more fulfilled.
Create a fun atmosphere
Just because you're at work, doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself! Having friends at work make the days more enjoyable and thereby, the work more satisfying. Allow workers to bond and interact during work events such as Friday drinks and day trips, they will really appreciate the chance to get to know the person behind the accounts manager!
The office itself can be fun too, play music and offer snacks such as sweets and biscuits in the break room. A relaxed workplace is a happy one.
Consider your interior
A recent study found that a third of UK workers dislike their workplace, a large factor being the decor and furnishings. More and more modern offices are realising that incredible interior design can really have a profound impact on the well-being of their employees and are constantly attempting to out-do each other in the 'cool office' race!
Funky Yukka offers a wide array of innovative decor designed to contribute to the corporate identity and overall aesthetic of any workplace. For stunning seating solutions, browse Funky Furniture's collection of tables, planter seat hybrids and even bars for the truly modern workplace!
Bring greenery to the workplace
The benefits that plants bring to any working environment are invaluable and big corporations such as Apple and Amazon are beginning to take notice, incorporating biophilic design into their latest buildings. Studies have shown that just a touch of foliage in the office can improve productivity by up to 15%. At Funky Yukka, we offer a wide range of planting solutions from potted greenery to stunning living walls.
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