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If your business has any employees, then it is really important that you do what you can to make them feel as comfortable as possible. Why? Because employees who are comfortable are more likely to be productive and more likely to be loyal to your brand which will make them better representatives of your company.
Okay but how exactly do you make your employees more comfortable? Here are a few key ideas:
Okay, so it’s a business, not a home but if they come into the office, you should make sure that it has some creature comforts like a coffee machine with great coffee, allowing them to have personal items like family photos on their desks, and maybe even letting them bring their pets to work. The more like home it feels. The more relaxed your employees will be in the space and this will help them to do their best work.
Employee collaboration is important as it enables them to bounce ideas off each other and come up with new innovations, That being said, most employees also value their privacy and their ability to get on with the job quickly and quietly in a comfortable space. Using glass & office partitioning for offices you can make this happen by sectioning space off in a way that gives privacy while also maintaining connection, if this is not possible, the basic cubicle dividers can be a useful solution too.
Yes, it might be your company and you might be the boss, but if you want your employees to feel comfortable at work, then you need to treat them like equals. You’ve taken the time to hire the most competent people, right? So treat them with the respect they deserve, get to know them on a human level and do not be tempted to lord it over them if you want them to really work hard, be as productive as possible and stick with the company in the long term.
Having an open door policy where employees can come to you with any concerns or questions they may have in confidence will help them to feel more comfortable because they know they will be able to report a colleague who is being a bully or a work practice that is not ideal or whatever, so be sure to make it known they can let you know when things are hard, and that you will do your best to solve any issued if you p[ossibly can.
Casual dress is much more comfortable than formal attire, so if you can let them dress causally it is probably a good idea to do so. If you are public-facing and it is not appropriate all the time then letting them have dress-down days as often as it is possible will help too.
The more comfortable your employees are, the better they will work for you, so what are you waiting for?
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