24 Jan 4 Changes Worth Making in Your Work Environment
January is a time of change. For some companies, it’s implementing new structures, processes and goals while for others, it’s reflecting on what changes need making and how to make them. Regardless of whether you are in the thick of developmental or organisational action plans, there are a few changes you could make in your work environment which would garner a great return, for you, your people and your company. The best part is, these changes can be implemented without having to establish a committee and publish them in a strategic plan.
1. Encourage More Interaction
2. Create Opportunities
People should never feel limited in their work environment. You will have people who are perfectly content where they are and prefer to do what they do best but you are always going have people who crave advancing and upskilling. Having both is perfectly fine and as you know, it’s your job as a people leader to support and facilitate people’s professional needs where possible. The good news is, you’d also be surprised how often this can happen in-house. We have a mentoring feature in our software which facilitates internal coaching. This approach is not only cost-effective but further connects your people and shows them how they can develop further in their work within your company so they won’t need to look elsewhere. You also can’t always find the qualified people you are looking for, which can slow down company growth. Also, offering these kinds of opportunities within your company is a positive for the mentor and the mentee. Training and mentoring foster feelings of progress and give-back, which gives people a sense of progression as well as being part of a community. This kind of ethos in a work environment benefits everyone in the long run, including your business.
3. Support Everyone’s Goals
4. Be Flexible
It’s no surprise that more and more people are looking for flexibility in their work. After all, we are living in an era where many are seeking a better work-life balance. It can come in a variety of forms, from people wanting to work flexi-time so they can pick up their children from school or someone who wants to work for your company but needs to reside in another location entirely. There are many positives for your company’s work environment by offering greater flexibility such as less time spent commuting, lowering costs and improving retention rates, and we now have the technology to support people’s requirements.