Troubling statistics show that 52.3 percent of Americans are unsatisfied with their jobs.
Perhaps it's because the job workplace isn’t all that it should be. For many, work is stressful, overwhelming, and unsatisfying. A positive workplace environment, it seems, is a thing of the past – or is it?
A positive work environment may be more relevant than many people think. A positive work environment is important for employee satisfaction, health, and productivity. Studies show that employees are 38 percent more likely to perform above average when they are highly engaged – and creating a positive work environment contributes.
Let's take a look at five characteristics of a positive work environment. See how well your employer ranks!
First, What is Creating a Positive Work Environment?
Creating a positive work environment ensures that everyone in the workplace is happy with their job, excited to come into the office every day, and feels safe in their environment.
What are the Characteristics of a Positive Work Environment?
1. Positive Values
First things first, does your workplace promote positive values? A great mission statement is a good place to start, but even more important is a company that walks the walk and abides by its code of conduct and operates in accordance with its values. A company that is dedicated to quality, as well as ethical, honest business practices, will be more committed to providing a positive work environment for its employees.
2. Open Lines of Communication
Few things are more frustrating than a lack of communication. Maintaining open lines of communication is important for both employees and employers. It helps the workers feel validated, fulfilled, and satisfied – knowing that they’re being heard and taken seriously. Realizing that their ideas and opinions contribute to the organization in a positive way can significantly boost morale in the workplace.
3. A Fun and Productive Atmosphere
This one is simple: if the workplace has a poor atmosphere, no one’s going to want to come to work! People want to feel appreciated and acknowledged – and if there are problems at work that are unaddressed, it will only foster a workplace of stress, fear, and negativity. A positive workplace is one where creativity and productivity are encouraged.
4. A Focus on Training
A company that’s committed to keeping up in today’s quickly changing world will equip its workforce to stay up to date with changes. The best companies understand the importance of providing the workers with training, updating outdated systems, and providing tools that will help workers to use their time better – and to stay current and competitive in today’s world. This can boost worker satisfaction, productivity, and create a better workplace environment.
5. Positive Leadership
Leadership plays an important role in creating a positive work environment. Good leaders provide a positive example for their workers to follow – creating a more relaxed and positive atmosphere. Effective leaders also encourage open lines of communication and strive to ensure that the entire operation runs as smoothly as possible.
Another characteristic of a positive work environment is an atmosphere of teamwork – a place where workers are happy to work together and where management works to ensure that the place runs smoothly. In an ideal workplace, everyone is aware of their roles and understands how they fit into the bigger picture. It’s a place where workers feel supported and each employee is working together towards a clear, common goal.
7. A Work-Life Balance
A job that encourages a healthy work-life balance can generally be regarded as a positive workplace. The best employers know that when their workers don’t have to neglect their personal needs, they’ll have higher job satisfaction and be more focused at work.
If your job has all of the above characteristics, congratulations – you’ve found a winner! There’s a good chance that you’re in the right place. But if it doesn’t have many signs of a positive workplace, you may want to reconsider whether or not your current workplace is the right place for you. Ask yourself whether it’s time to explore other employers – one that has a work environment that will leave you feeling satisfied, happy, and fulfilled.
Do you love your job? Is your workplace positive?