What are the benefits of a positive working environment?
“Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your clients.”Richard Branson (Founder, Virgin Group)
From powerhouse companies – from Apple to Campbell Soup – to entrepreneurs – Oprah Winfrey, Henry Ford or Larry Page. There are many factors that link successful people – their work ethic, attitude – the list goes on. However, one important factor will always remain the same: Their belief in the team they build around them, and the importance they place on their happiness.
Don’t believe us?
“Leadership is the ability to facilitate movement in the needed direction and have people feel good about it.”Tom Smith (Bestselling Author & Co-Founder, Partners In Leadership
“The greatest asset of a company is its people.”Jorge Paulo Lemann (Co-Founder, Banco Garantia)
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”Michael Jordan
One of the most valuable lessons a leader must learn, is that encouraging and supporting your team to enjoy their working environment, will inspire them to make positive choices. Why is this important to your business?
Well, it is commonly said that “happy employees, are loyal employees” and loyal employees will not just save you money, they’ll make you money.
Employees that are genuinely happy will be more productive, more likely to be on time, less likely to take sick days and less likely to quit. This thinking is a shared mantra of leading companies such as, Google, Apple and more. A quick employee turn over can have negative effects on your business: costing you time and money in recruitment and training.
Negativity is a virus, and can spread through your office just as quickly. Ensuring that you are recruiting the right people for your team will help avoid introducing negativity. Look to amend your core goals and/or mission statement, do they include employee happiness?
Are you asking yourself, how do I improve my working environment?
Step 1. Lead from the front and lead by example. Managers who encourage positive working environments will inspire their team, build confidence, loyalty and dedication.
Step 2. Repeat.