A happy employee is a productive one. Whether it’s their physical comfort or mental health, the better care you take care of your employees as a business owner, the more it will pay off. From making changes to promote good indoor air quality to doing renovations on plumbing, the air conditioner, and heating, making your office space a comfortable environment to work in, you’ll be sending a message that you care about your employees.
Respect works two ways. Employees who feel appreciated and valued will naturally return that respect with hard work and give their job their best efforts. If you’re a business owner looking to understand why it’s important that your employees are comfortable, read on.
A broken AC system makes you feel miserable no matter who you are. If you’re a business owner, consider thinking about your shared office space’s logistics. Things as basic as air conditioning and air quality and a proper ventilation system are imperative to employee productivity and overall comfort. If you’re having trouble with your HVAC systems, call a professional for help. An HVAC technician will be able to offer you a quote.
Maybe you’re considering renovating a warehouse. One way to ensure your employees are comfortable is to ask them what they’d like to see in the overall design. By taking this simple step, you’re showing them their input matters. You might be surprised what they suggest that would help your overall business.
Employees don’t live in a bubble. They have friends and family, and word gets around. Employees who are comfortable at work make it known. By default, part of your brand, an employee who smiles more, is more inclined to give good customer service. A happy worker is more likely to represent your brand proudly. And the same can be said to the contrary. Employees who are miserable at work will talk about it. Poor working conditions, a hot or cold or stuffy work environment, and more will make them grouchy and not right to represent your brand.
Word of Mouth Marketing
Like with a brand, word gets around when it comes to the products or services you sell. A comfortable and happy employee will recommend your business to friends and family. A disgruntled staffer will spread the word around and direct the people they know to the competition; it’s simply human nature.
Your employees can be your best marketers simply by word of mouth. Their recommendations and how they feel about working for you can translate to sales and customers.
Happier Work Environment
Creating a fun working environment goes a long way in making employees feel comfortable. Whether in person or remote, if you as the business leader set a tone that it’s okay to be friendly and joke around within reason, employees will be more eager to show up. Set regular meetings where employees can connect on a less formal level to network. You’ll be glad you did.
Whether upgrades to your HVAC system, or implementing incentive programs to promote productivity, paying attention to your employee needs will go a long way in creating a happy workplace. As a business leader, the final decisions are up to you. When you’re unsure if you should spend the money to replace that air conditioner or whether or not self-esteem in employees matter, consider what you might be losing out on if you won’t meet your employees halfway. Like any business agreement, it takes two partners. By taking care of your employees, you’re giving them your best handshake and getting theirs in return.