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7 Ways to Create Harmony in the Office

Working in a comfortable and harmonious environment is very important for every person. With harmony in a working environment, the productivity in your company will skyrocket. But most importantly you will have a group of happy and satisfied people who love what they are doing and who are motivated to do their job the best they can.

Achieving and maintaining harmony in the office can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Just take a look at these 7 ways in which you can help create that harmonious working environment.

 Communication between everyone in the office

There is no better way to create a harmonious working environment than with having effective communication between employees, or between employees and management. For that reason alone, training your employees on the communication methods should be a priority. Start with that from the beginning and you won’t have problems like that in the future.

Training communication methods implies holding seminars on the importance of bridging the communication gap.

One of the reasons for communication disruption is idle gossip. Gossip is the reason for the toxic environment in many offices. This is why we recommend you implement a no-gossip policy and stick to it. If you think it’s necessary you can extend this policy to the non-working environment as well (office parties, team building events, etc.).

Teamwork and cordial relationships

Encourage teamwork in your office. As a leader, you should gather a group of people eager to work together. It can’t be stressed enough how important teamwork is these days.

A teamwork environment not only improves productivity it also encourages friendship and loyalty. Promoting teamwork means working on accomplishing the same goals and objectives. Effective teamwork will provide different opinions, perspectives, and creativities. Coming to a solution or resolving a problem will be easier in a team.

When we are in a team, we learn from one another’s mistakes too. This is how we avoid future problems and errors and learn new things and perspectives.

Ultimately, having a good team means creating a workplace environment based on trust, fellowship, respect, and support. Having all of these things will then create harmony in the office.

Hire the right kind of people

Everything starts from the moment you’re hiring an employee. If you want to have harmony and productivity in your office, you need to focus on hiring the best people. This means that you should hire people not just based on their curriculum, but their personalities too.

While it’s important that your future employees have the right set of skills and experience, it’s also crucial that they know how to follow your companies’ rules and values. That’s why when conducting an interview don’t be afraid to say what your company stands for and what kind of people work for you. Pay attention to your potential employee’s responses and give them examples.

Don’t forget that people with disabilities have so much to contribute too. They too can display values that your company holds in high regard. Check out how becoming NDIS provider can be of great help in finding the right people for your company.

Be open and transparent

Transparency in the workplace is crucial for creating trust between you and your employees. Without trust, you can’t expect or demand loyalty or commitment from them.

Be honest with your employees, answer their questions and respect their opinions. Be open and build a collaborative work environment where the affairs of the company are known and employees have all the necessary information. Without transparency, you risk making your employees feel confused, anxious and not motivated enough.

Also, encourage your personnel to be open and honest. The best way you can do this is leading them by example – that’s what good leaders do. Listen to your employee’s ideas, and if they disagree with you on something, also hear out their opinion and consider their viewpoint.

Once you have the trust of your personnel, you will achieve the harmonious environment in your office much easier.

Show gratitude and appreciation

Saying thank you isn’t all that difficult and it makes a world of difference. Treating your employees like people doesn’t take much and showing them your appreciation will only get you a better reputation as an employer.

There are many ways in which you can express your gratitude to your team of workers. Show appreciation on a regular basis by hosting parties for the whole company, or by awarding them with some awards. You can show gratitude to your employees on social media, by expressing how highly collaborative they were. Congratulate their birthday and anniversaries. Buy them food and drinks.

There are many different ideas and ways to show how much you appreciate your team. This way not only will you create a special bond with them, but you will earn their loyalty and trust. You will be creating a positive work environment. Be the boss who employs random acts of kindness.

Motivate your employees

Good leaders motivate their team. One of the ways of motivating your team is by showing your appreciation and gratitude, as we discussed previously. Other ways to do this is by simply asking them what they want and expect from their workplace. Encourage them to give feedback.

This is one of the easiest ways to motivate your employees. Just talk to them, be open and honest. Be transparent. Don’t be too serious and unreachable. Encourage fun.

Also, one of the ways to motivate your staff is to offer them flexible scheduling. Flexible scheduling is really important in almost any job. In order to be a successful employer and good motivator, offer different scheduling options.

Allow your employees to grow both as individuals and as a team. There is no better motivator then allowing them space to grow. Present them with opportunities to learn something new and to grow into new and better positions.

Relationships and socialization outside the workplace

What a better way to create a harmonious office then to encourage socializing outside workspace and hours. Hanging out with co-workers outside of work makes working with them more enjoyable and it keeps your employees motivated.

What a better way to find out what kind of person someone is then by spending time with them in a non-working environment. In addition, socializing with your co-workers creates a sense of togetherness needed for teamwork. And finally, you may even form life long friendships.

Getting to know your employees outside of the office, gives you better insight into their personalities and their values. Positive relationships create a harmonious and comfortable working space.

It doesn’t take much to be a decent human being towards your employees. And it means a lot to them. If you want to achieve harmony in your workspace, start with yourself. Be an example of how things in your company work. If you want the respect of your staff, you first have to earn it.

Be the leader that motivates, encourages communication and values other’s ideas and opinions. Reinforce positivity, show how grateful you are for their effort, show them that you all have a common goal and celebrate achievements and milestones together. Be the leader you would follow.

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Written by Neil White

Neil White is a HR specialist from Sydney. He has worked in HR for over 10 years in multiple companies all over Australia. He has been interested in people his entire life and that is why the part of his job he particularly enjoys are employee relations.

He has learned a lot dealing with all kinds of people throughout his career and therefore he thinks his job is the best.

“Seeing your coworkers grow because of something you suggested them is brilliant. That is why I decided to spread my knowledge to every employee I could possible reach out to.”

 

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