Every workplace is made up of individual employees each with their own unique personality, habits, and quirks. Some days are great, others not so much. But as the old saying goes, if you can’t love your job, find another one. A better one. So that’s exactly what we’re going to help you do! These 4 tips will show you how to make your current workplace a better place and also help you look for new opportunities if necessary. Working in a collaborative environment can be challenging at times, but it’s something most of us value when searching for jobs. Working in a “creeper”-style cube farm leaves much to be desired in terms of personal productivity. If this sounds like your work environment right now… Don’t worry! Keep reading to learn how to make your workplace a better place so you never have to experience this again!
Change up your workstation
Working in the same seat for hours on end can lead to back pain and fatigue. If you want to be able to get more done, you may need to rearrange your workstation to fit your needs. If you have a desk, try switching up where your computer monitor and keyboard are positioned. If you have a standing desk, try adjusting its height to make it more comfortable. If you work in a cube farm, try to switch up who sits next to you so you have more variety when it comes with conversations and collaboration. If you work from home, make sure you don’t get stuck in a rut! Change up your work environment.
Put a meeting room in your office
Sure, you may not be a company like Google, but if you work in a small office, you may want to consider putting a meeting room in your office. This will allow you to reserve the room for private meetings or team-building activities. It can also be used to host clients when they visit your office. Having a meeting room will make it clear that you value collaboration and are willing to invest in it. If you work in a larger office, a meeting room may already be available to you. If not, consider suggesting to your manager that one be added.
Encourage exercise and movement
While not every job can involve physical labor, there are many ways to encourage employees to get up and move around during the day. The average person sits for about 9 hours each day and has increased risk for chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. – Install a standing desk: If your company allows, try using a standing desk at work. This way, you’ll be more likely to move around during the day and get blood flowing to your muscles. – Host walking meetings: If you work in an office where meetings are the norm, try walking to and from the meeting room instead of sitting in your cube. This can also be a great way to get fresh air during the workday! – Walk while you talk: Another way to encourage movement during the workday is to have walking meetings. This can be a great way to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting at your desk. – Use a treadmill at your cubicle: If you work in a cube farm, you may be able to use a treadmill at your desk. Some companies even have treadmills that employees can use as part of their wellness programs.
Start a lunchtime walking group
If you work in an office that encourages walking meetings, consider starting a lunchtime walking group. Walking with a group of people at lunchtime can help get you moving, socializing with peers, and enjoying your lunch break. This can be great if you work in a cubicle farm, if you don’t have a meeting room, or if you don’t want to walk during your meeting time. You can also use this as an opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues! You can discuss work-related topics or even upcoming social events your office is hosting.
Add windows to the office
If you work in an office environment and don’t have any windows, this may be something you can bring up to your manager. With offices becoming more open-concept, it can be beneficial to have windows in the office so employees can be exposed to natural light. This can help your body produce serotonin, the hormone that is responsible for regulating your mood, appetite, and sleep. Having windows in the office can also help reduce feelings of claustrophobia.
Celebrate the small stuff
Celebrating the little wins at work goes a long way. This can be as simple as bringing in baked goods on Friday or hosting happy hour. Make sure to also thank people for their work. When you see an employee go above and beyond, don’t forget to let them know! You can do this in person, over email, or by giving them a shout-out during a meeting. These are just a few ways to make your workplace a better place. Now it’s your turn. Which of these do you think will work best for you and your team? Are there any ways to make your workplace a better place that we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!