A Satisfying Work Environment
A satisfying work environment directly impacts employee performance. An employee with high job satisfaction feels good about coming to work and thus feels motivated to do a good job day in and day out. They are self-motivated and feel effective within their role.
A work environment that fosters high job satisfaction is one that has frequent and open communication, recognises achievements, and provides constructive feedback. The office space itself is comfortable, has adequate lighting, and is a space that supports the team’s dynamics. Team Spirit is strong; people naturally seek support and camaraderie from their peers and an environment that nurtures these relationships is a great one to work in. Tough times are easier to deal with as a team’s bond is strengthened by solving problems together. A sense of unity is achieved when everyone is working towards the same goal. A good leader shows their team that they care about them, by knowing everyone’s name and learning something about their lives outside of work, and through participating in team-bonding exercises. These can be as small as acknowledging and celebrating each person’s birthday or other life events.
In terms of feedback, employers keep employees abreast of positive news, they provide constructive feedback to members of their team, and importantly, are privy to feedback from their employees, about job duties and ways to increase job satisfaction and their experience at work. This results in open communication between employers and their employees.
A satisfying work environment is one that understands that technology and modes of working are constantly changing and they keep up with these changes and train their employees accordingly. Adapting to change has never been more crucial than it is now, because those who don’t are replaced. This not only true of workers, but organisations as well. An organisation that focuses on training and development of their employees is one that has a clear picture of their organisation’s future in order to sustain and enhance the productivity of their business. Both hard skills (impacting productivity directly) and soft skills (interpersonal skills that affect company morale) are necessary within a company. A positive work environment is one that has routine training to improve efficiency and instil positive attitudes among employees.
The environment in which you work – the office space, the people and culture of your team, the incentives and feedback, and the attitude of your boss – directly impacts your work performance, and a satisfying one benefits an organisation greatly.