The Importance of a Positive Work Environment for your Small Business

 

Retain your employees by applying these three steps to your growing small business.

Everyone has their own ideas on how to grow a successful small business.  Many business owners spend a great deal amount of money hiring consultants to help them achieve their small business goals, while the answer is often very simple.  Employees who love their job, love their co-workers, and enjoy their office space atmosphere make for a positive work environment and a successful small business.

One of the biggest challenges with growing a small business is a high employee turnover.  No matter the incentives that are offered, if an employee is unhappy with their job they will ultimately leave.  This leaves small businesses with having to constantly train and educate new hires, which can significantly hamper the company’s growth and success.  Thankfully, employee turnover can be decreased dramatically if you apply the following steps:

1.       Happy employees can be contagious.

Employees who love their job create a positive work environment that can be magnetic to co-workers.  An office space atmosphere that is filled with happy employees is a highly successful, non-verbal way of convincing a potential employee to want to join your company and stay long term.  Positive energy in the workplace can be sensed and could very well be the sole reason a potential new hire decides to join your company instead of a competitor.

2.       There is a reason they are called co-workers.

A co-worker should not be just someone you sit next to at work day-after-day but a support system when your job, or life in general, gets tough.   They understand better than anyone the daily struggles that occur at the office.  Co-workers that genuinely support one another add a great deal of positivity to an office space environment.  With co-workers uniting as a team, there is an unlimited amount of success this could potentially bring your growing small business.

3.       Allow time for breaks.

It is important to allow employees a 15-30 minute break during the day.  Employees that have this short amount of time away from their desk will return more focused and refreshed than they were before. Studies have indicated that employees who take a 15-30 minute break are ultimately more productive throughout the day than employees who did not.

Employee retention is arguably the most important aspect of a growing business.  A positive atmosphere in the office space is crucial to a developing small business.  It certainly does not happen overnight, but with the right attitude, team members, and support of one another, the sky’s the limit.