How to Fab up Your Workplace
We want to take a look today at a workplace makeover. Where are some small things you can do to switch things up a bit?
We’re going to take a lesson from these amazing guys on TV that consistently change people’s lives for the better. Secretly, I am in love with all of them!
We’ll go through five distinct areas to see if we can zhoosh up the work environment for your team members. it doesn’t have to be huge, it doesn’t have to be expensive, but should be selfless. Something you do just for them.
Some businesses were decorated years before your current employees came on board. Are you still rockin’ the Beige walls? Is your carpet stained? Is the art reminiscent of 70’s landscapes? Please say it ain’t so!
If you can paint all the walls, do it. bright it up! There are ideas on the internet for chic work spaces for days!
A chic office space can make your employees feel like they work in an important place. Not that is wasn’t important before, but this shows the team that you are invested in the company appearance and a safe, fun place for the team.
If not all the wall, how about the employee lounge to start? Slap that colorful paint on the walls, purchase a nice throw rug, some plants (fake or real) and comfortable seating for rest and break periods.
Depending on the type of business you have, you might require uniforms. What about a bright new color or style of shirt? A new uniform that is crisp and sharp or what about a fun t-shirt given at a company barbecue. A free gift for working so hard for the organization.
Instead of a quarterly all-staff meeting, turn one of them into an employee appreciation event and require all of the executives and directors attend (without their cell phones). Their job is to mingle with all levels of the staff.
Work with your HR team to make sure that your total rewards package and benefits are in check and reflect the needs of the team. Ask your team what they would like to have and see if it fits within your budget. Including the team’s ideas shows them that you call about their needs which in turn, will make them more productive.
This can be added in the total rewards package by making their space comfortable and brightening up the decor.
It also can be that you provide:
* A meal or healthy snacks at work in the break room;
* Gym use (if you have one) or a gym membership in your total rewards package;
* Hairspray, mouthwash, or hand lotion in the lavatories
These are only a few things that you could provide at a minimal cost.
Back to the healthy snack conversation. Instead of donuts every Friday, put out apples, oranges, and mixed nuts (be careful for those with nut allergies). Have potlucks with themes, minding different people’s food styles such as vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, and Gluten free. Veggies and dip is always a hit!
Respecting cultural food styles is also important. Ask your employees what foods are culturally appropriate and those that are not.
These “fabulous” five things can make a world of difference in your organization. Show your team how much they mean to you.