At Future Fitouts, not only do we enjoy having the opportunity to give your office a makeover, but we also care about the future success of your business, and one of the key ways to help your business thrive is to cultivate a positive workplace culture.
According to the Australian Institute of Management, too many managers brush off the notion of a positive workplace culture, but what they don’t realise is that having a positive workplace is about so much more than having fun. In fact, positive workplaces are also proven to be more productive!
At Future Fitouts, we stand by a core set of values that are vital to helping create a positive and happy workplace and we would love your business to experience the same success.
Having optimistic, encouraging messages circulating around the office helps positivity thrive. When management and team leaders approach the start of their working day with optimism and a good attitude, that attitude is bound to rub off further down the chain.
Studies show that YOU have the power to choose the attitude you bring into life and the workplace. So next time you have a bad attitude, remind yourself that attitude is a choice – and choose positivity!
Lead into every conversation with positivity, because positive communication is effective communication! Even if you need to provide negative feedback to an employee, try your best to start on a positive note by first expressing the things they’ve done right before raising the issue you’d like to address.
Positive communication is also about open communication, avoiding blame and forgiving mistakes. Keep in mind that too much negativity in conversations around the office on a daily basis can spread like a virus and really bring down the mood of your office.
Showing You Care
Treat others as you wish to be treated, both in life and within the workplace. Every employee should be treated with respect, trust, gratitude, integrity, compassion and understanding. Most of all, employees shouldn’t be seen as or treated like just another number in the crowd. Show that you care about the contribution they’re making to your company and make sure they know that they are a valued member of the team.
Everyone is more positive in the workplace when they know they’ve got something to look forward to. Let your business be the reason for that good mood with office perks and social activities. Office perks could include having a fun break room in the office, flexible working hours or a regular fruit box delivery for example. As for social activities, this could be anything from a pizza lunch in the office to a team bonding exercise or drinks after work.
Not only does this help build comradery within your team, but it also means each member of your team will have a more positive view of your business as a whole. Office perks and social events also tend to generate more loyalty from your staff.
Ownership Over Your Office Desk
For many businesses, the office desk is a space your employees spend most of their time at. So much so, that people do tend to claim ownership over their desk and wish to personalise the space to reflect their personality. If this is the case in your office, don’t stifle this freedom. Allow your staff to decorate their own little corner of the office. These personal keepsakes and mementos can really help lift the joy and happiness of your staff members as well as foster a more positive attitude towards your workplace in general.
Office Design & Layout
Did you know that the interior design of your office can also help foster a positive work culture? Your surroundings can have a big impact on mood, and it’s not hard to see why this is the case.
Have you ever been in an office with poor lighting, cracked or tarnished walls and floors or office furniture that’s broken or doesn’t function properly? It’s very likely you won’t be feeling like your best self while working in a place like this.
A lighter and brighter office is just the right thing to lift the mood and help to bring positivity into the space. This could include introducing lighter coloured interiors, larger windows to let in more light or plants to bring the outdoors in.
Improve Positivity with the Help of Future Fitouts
Although we’re not business gurus here at Future Fitouts, we can help improve your office both visually and practically which can go a long way towards achieving the positive result you’re after. Along with sprucing up your space and taking on our fitout advice, we hope you also consider the other factors for improving positivity in the workplace – because everyone deserves to work in a positive, supportive and enjoyable work environment.