What is your 'work setting'?
Here is what the Business Dictionary says;
Location where a task is completed. When pertaining to a place of employment, the work environment involves the physical geographical location as well as the immediate surroundings of the workplace, such as a construction site or office building. Typically involves other factors relating to the place of employment, such as the quality of the air, noise level, and additional perks and benefits of employment such as free child care or unlimited coffee, or adequate parking.
At Bee-Key, we see the work setting as 'an opportunity'. A chance to motivate, excite and arouse inspiration.
As a manager, it is your job to make sure that your staff are performing at their highest potential. There are many strategies to achieve this, like regular 1 to 1's, team building exercises and incentives. But if you are neglecting to make a positive working environment then you could be allowing low levels of motivation at a subconscious level.
What can you do to improve your environment?
- Use bold colours to help keep minds alert. Scientific studies have shown that the colour of our environment has an effect on our mood and that by using colour purposefully we can ensure that our environment better suits its purpose for the people using it.
- Place motivational quotes strategically. Motivational quotes are nothing new, but they are very easily forgotten, so by placing them around the environment, on mugs, stationery, wall art and more, you will be reminding staff repeatedly of their positive messages and reap more of a benefit from the environment.
- Keep all areas decluttered. As the saying goes; a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind. By keeping clutter to a minimal you are enabling staff to have clear minds so that they are able to come up with innovative solutions and ideas to support and grow your business.
- Lead by example. As a manager, you are a leader, the person who your team looks to for direction and standard. If you would like your team to work to an exceptionally high standard and in a direction that benefits themselves and the business, that is exactly what you should also be doing. So, keep your office decluttered, colourful and full of positive messages to remind you - Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. —Michael Jordan