Since the average person will work more than 90,000 hours in their lifetime, having a friendly, safe, comfortable place to conduct business is extremely important. In fact, 56% of workers ranked a strong workplace culture as more important than salary. And while it’s well documented that employees who feel their company culture reflects their beliefs and values are more professionally fulfilled, here are some additional benefits of a positive work environment.
Research shows that a happy workplace results in a 12% spike in employee productivity. Conversely, the same study revealed that unhappy workers are 10% less productive than workers reporting average levels of workplace satisfaction. A positive environment breeds employees who perform better, exceed expectations, achieve goals, are self-motivated, and work more efficiently.
When employees are less anxious at work, their minds flow with ideas; problems find solutions, innovations are implemented, and brainstorming sessions explode with participation. Bottom line – satisfied employees are engaged with their companies and eager to contribute to the business’ success.
Stress makes people sick and sick people don’t come to work. Employee absenteeism costs companies money by reducing productivity, driving up the cost of health insurance, and increasing turnover. Statistics show that employee turnover can cost an organization as much as $15,000 when considering recruitment, training, and lost revenue. When employees are content at work, however, they show up, give their all, make fewer mistakes, and foster team spirit.
Happy, healthy employees are company loyalists willing to go the extra mile for the team, partners, and customers. Engaged employees take pride in their work, often performing beyond expectations in the hopes of growing with the company. When the entire team is satisfied, the workplace becomes more collaborative fostering strong communication and a winning attitude.
No doubt, a positive workplace environment can mean many different things, but most researchers agree that the following are almost always at the core:
- Friendly relationships with colleagues
- Feeling supported
- Not placing blame
- Feeling inspired
- Performing meaningful work
- Being recognized for a job well done
- Being treated with respect
Cultivating a culture where employees feel safe, comfortable, and valued results in workers who forge better social connections, show empathy to one another, collaborate, and encourage others. A positive work environment leads to team growth and a better bottom line for the business.
At Office Partners on Pearl, we’ve made it our mission to create a positive work environment where everyone feels welcome, safe, and comfortable. We also offer a host of free amenities to make the workday even more pleasurable and productive. We’d love to discuss your officing needs, contact us to learn more or take a tour!