One thing is for certain; a business cannot function without good people. The staff inevitably keep the business running, and without them it would be an empty shell that would wither and die. If you had to ask any CEO or business owner, one of the most important factors in ensuring the business sees another day and moves from strength to strength, is the ability to retain staff. Businesses want to avoid at all costs, staff coming and going regularly. There are many disadvantages of constant movement within the companies’ workforce, and just some of the reasons, include: the shift in culture, instability and potential revenue loss.
That’s why keeping your employees happy, is the best thing you can do for them, and the business. People that are happy in their jobs and feel safe in their working environment, perform better, positively influence the company culture and most importantly; don’t seek work elsewhere. When one of the companies’ most valuable assets -it’s people- feels satisfied, it saves the business time and money and re-enforces stability.
Now, one element that may not have crossed your mind, which influences the way staff feel about their jobs, is the office and the way in which it’s maintained.
If you think about it, it makes sense. Employees spend most of their lives in the office; it’s the place they come to, 250 days of the year. The environment, will, without a doubt, play a massive role in the way they feel about the company and their job, and this effect could be either negative, or positive.
But, luckily, the results lay in the hands of the business, and can be easily improved, through minor changes and improvements in maintenance.
Take a look at our useful list of simple improvements to make, to ensure your staff are kept smiling!
Improve the Aesthetics of the office
No-one wants to work in an environment that lacks colour and character, even in the most industrial properties. It’s important to improve the look of the office, through simple adjustments; such as introducing colour, through artworks, freshly painting the walls, and adding interesting elements such as pot plants. The way the office looks, contributes to the overall feel, and what you are trying to achieve, is a feel of positivity and teamwork.
Another way to improve the aesthetics, is by making the office open-planned. This achieves better flow in the room, as well as improves communication and transparency between the staff.
Invest in Kitchen Appliances
You can’t go wrong with a kettle, fridge and microwave. This may seem rather unimportant, but to employees it makes their day- (and their morning!)
These simple features will show that you, as management, cares about their needs and strives to make life in the office, a little easier.
Introduce Team Building Meetings or Parties
It’s exceptionally important to encourage the staff to make friends with eachother and get to know eachother on a more personal level. This improves the culture of the business and re-enforces teamwork. Introduce team building activities, or get everyone together on a Friday afternoon, for some fun and laughs.
Employees don’t want to feel like the company is too rigid and serious, they want to know that there is an element of light-heartedness.
Implement regular inspections of the Building
Believe it or not, employees like to know that special attention is given to the building, and the facilities that are used on a daily basis. It shows employees that management prioritizes their safety and cares about their working environment.
It would be a good idea to get a qualified facilities maintenance consultant to do a thorough inspection of the building and the office, and highlight potential areas of concern.
The inspection should cover all aspects of the building, including:
- Access and parking
- General structure
- Industrial electrical equipment
- Condition and weatherproofing of the roof
The inspection should also take health and safety requirements into account, and cover aspects like:
Fire safety – does the building comply with fire safety standards?
Security – is the property safe and secure?
Hazardous materials and toxins – this could include asbestos, lead paint, or chemicals which are used in the day to day processes of the business.
Lighting and air quality – is there sufficient ventilation for workers and decent lighting that allows them to do their work safely and without eye strain?
Floors and access points – are any floors particularly slippery? Are there hazards near doorways that workers could potentially trip over?
Lifting and working at height – do raised areas have suitable and sturdy handrails in good condition? Is there lifting equipment such as forklifts in place where heavy loads need to be moved and are the employees trained in their use?
Equipment and appliances – do you have contact information for all the relevant companies who can assist you with equipment or appliance repairs should the need arise?
Once you have a thorough understanding of the weaknesses of the building and your current health and safety measures, the next step is to come up with a maintenance schedule that will tackle all the problem areas.