7 Ways You Can Establish Perfect Workplace Vibes Among Your Employees

By Alicia Geigel on February 8, 2024

Amidst the stress and chaos that work brings, the workplace atmosphere that you manage can slowly (or quickly) descend into a toxic environment. Between miscommunication among employees to a lack of freedom and flexibility in scheduling, it can be easy for employees to get disgruntled, frustrated, and moody.

As an employer, it is your job to foster a positive, productive, and comfortable environment for your employees. Here are seven ways you can establish solid workplace vibes among your team to make them both productive and happy!

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1. Create a Perfect Environment to Unwind: While it is important to remain on task and be productive on the job, it’s also equally important to take breaks and decompress. Providing your employees the opportunity to do so is great, however, what is even better is creating the perfect environment to do this. What does this look like? Perhaps it’s transforming a conference room by adding relaxing chairs, some magazines, and books, etc. In another way, this could look like revamping the kitchen or lounge room with better working appliances, a fresh coat of paint, some nice artwork, etc. Putting a little TLC into your work environment not only gives your employees a place to peacefully take a break, but it can also inspire and motivate them to do their jobs with more confidence and ease!

2. Be More Flexible of Employee Requests: In life, we can all get caught up with responsibilities at home or with families that can interfere with our jobs. It could be the sickness of a loved one or the stress of being away from family,  which can make work more difficult. Because of this, it’s important to be understanding of your employee’s life situation and be open to any kind of flexibility they may need.  When dealing with an employee who is concerned about their current job situation and things concerning the office, work with them by perhaps allowing them to leave early, perform different work tasks, etc. Regardless, give them the flexibility they need to help make their situation easier and show your support.

3. Facilitate a Healthy Work/Life Balance: As an employer, you are constantly looking into ways to make work better for your employees, while the other part of their life gets neglected. Granted, it’s not your job as an employer to go outside of work confines and change the lives of those working for you, however, it is your job to give them the right balance of work and life. Encourage employees to take breaks when needed, emphasize the importance of taking full lunch breaks, and establish hours where work-related communication is prohibited.

4. Create an Atmosphere that Encourages Discussing Mental Health: Establishing good workplace vibes with your employees starts with creating an atmosphere that encourages openly discussing mental health and mental health issues. If employees feel discouraged from talking about their problems, there is either no support or not enough support given to them in regards to mental health. You can create a supportive work atmosphere by showing compassion to your employees and their problems, sending out daily meditations or motivational messages, and having routine meetings that focus on how each employee is doing, either daily or weekly!

5. Show Your Appreciation: Just as you want to provide constructive feedback to employees in areas that need improvement, don’t shy away from giving positive feedback and celebrating their accomplishments. If you notice that your employee is performing well and doing something extraordinary, take the time to acknowledge their hard work and efforts. For instance, on National Coffee Day, consider sending a star employee an e-gift card to Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Email a group of your employees a thank you note for their helpful collaboration during this work period. Doing so will assure them that their work and efforts do not go unnoticed, motivating them to contribute more as an employee.

6. Encourage Personal Freedom:  Part of what makes employees feel valuable and confident is having a sense of independence, flexibility, and autonomy, meaning, having the ability to execute multiple different tasks and show their creativity. Laura Vanderkam of Fortune writes, “In a work context, this requires a sense of control over your work, but — just as important — over your time too. Flexibility is key, and employees with flexible work schedules report better well-being than those with less control over time and place.” By encouraging personal freedom and showing confidence in your employees to be independent, they will feel confident themselves and be inspired to boost their own productivity.

7. Celebrate Employee Differences: It’s one thing to treat employee differences as a job, and it’s another to embrace and celebrate those differences. Organize a company event, such as a picnic or potluck luncheon, and encourage employees to bring food that means something personal to them and is a part of their culture. In the holiday season, welcome different traditions during the office party to show you enjoy taking part in such diverse celebrations.

Creating perfect workplace vibes among your employees doesn’t require a huge overhaul of your office environment, and with these tips, you can make the ideal environment for yourself and your team!

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