Details to Consider About Your Work Atmosphere

By Danielle Wirsansky on July 27, 2017

There are many factors that potential student employees consider before accepting a position with a company. Employees have to consider their job responsibilities, their hours, their pay, their benefits, and more.

But one factor that many recruiters tend to overlook is the work atmosphere that these employees will be provided with. A work atmosphere can make or break an employee’s decision of whether to accept a position or not because, after all, they have to spend a majority of their time there!

If something about the work atmosphere is off-putting or if something just does not jive about it, an employee will be much less likely to accept a position with your company. Read on to learn some details that recruiters should consider about their work atmosphere in regard to their potential student employees!

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Ambiance

Sometimes you just need to consider the vibes the work office gives off. You should consider the following:

•Cleanliness

Nothing is more off-putting than a dirty work space. Are there piled up coffee mugs? Is the floor unswept or unvacuumed? Are the garbage cans overflowing? Are the dishes in the work sink piling up? Is the communal fridge filled with spilled liquids or forgotten lunches? Is the bathroom toilet bowl clean? Are there unorganized papers on the desks?

In a busy and fast paced work environment, things like keeping up with the office can fall to the wayside. You have work to do and an office to run — who has the time to sweep and vacuum and do dishes? It does not necessarily have to be neglected to gross proportions. But even a little bit of mess can be enough to deter some would-be employees from accepting your offer.

Neglect of an office space can often mean neglect of employees. If you cut corners with your cleanliness, where else might you cut corners? An employee’s perspective will always be different from that of an employer so it is good to take a step back to consider it.

•Professional

No one wants to have an unprofessional work space, but sometimes it can appear that way without an employer ever noticing. Your work space needs to be presentable and professional, up to date and in touch with whatever field you are in.

That is not to say that your office needs to be in the most expensive neighborhood in the city you are located in or that you need to have a chandelier hanging from your waiting room ceiling. But there are little things you can check out or improve to make sure that your potential employees realize that you are serious about your work and providing an effective environment.

Maybe those old bulky computer monitors from the late ’90s and early 2000s still work and you do not think that replacements are necessary — but an employee might be repelled by such outdated equipment. If the walls are unpainted or the furniture is rickety or patchy, employees will be turned off by your establishment. If you do not treat your office well, you might not treat your employees so well.

You might be thinking that you do not necessarily want an employee that looks at such superficial things anyway, but these things that your employee looks at can also be things your potential customers look at so it might be worth the second look at your office space!

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Amenities

Another aspect that potential employees consider is the amenities that you can offer them. Are you located in an area of town that is surrounded by other businesses and restaurants so that employees can easily find a place to eat for lunch? Is it in a central location that is easy to get to? Is it near stops for modes of public transportation, like the bus or train? Do you have a bike rack outside your office for those that want to cycle their way to work?

You can also look at the things you can give to them, like do you offer catered lunches on Fridays? Does working for your company get them a discount at any local restaurants or stores? Do you offer bonuses for employees at the top of their game?

Another idea to explore is office amenities like do you have an office kitchen, complete with fridge, microwave, sink, and coffee maker? Do you have a ping pong table for employees to play to blow off steam when necessary?

Obviously, you do not need to offer everything on this list — fitting a ping pong table might be hard for a small office space. But consider what you might want as an employee. You do not need to spoil your employees. After all, you still need to turn a profit. But give them the work environment that you would be happy to have and your employees will definitely be appreciative.

By Danielle Wirsansky

Uloop Writer
Florida State University
Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), whatscheaper.com (associate editor), escapewizard.com (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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