Everyone wants their workplace to be a great place to work. But what does that mean? Is it about providing great benefits and office amenities? Or is it about fostering an environment where employees feel supported, encouraged, and empowered? The answer to both is yes! To build a better workplace for your employees, you have to do both. Here are some of the best practices I’ve seen from leaders who can create not only great places for employees but also engaged teams.
How Will HR Practices Change in 2022?
In recent years mental health issues have increased: depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, and domestic violence. The report shows that 45% of Americans say the pandemic affected their mental health and 19% said there was a significant impact. Ginger conducted an employee survey in the US and found a total of 68 percent of the company were suffering the most stressful period of their career from Coronavirus.
1. Leverage Technology.
One of the best things you can do to make your employees’ lives easier is to use technology. Technology can help you:
- Make your employees’ lives easier by enabling them to work remotely and on their terms, rather than feeling like they must be in the office all day long.
- Make your business more efficient by making sure that no one wastes time trying to find information that should already be available somewhere else (or in some cases shouldn’t even exist).
- Make customers’ lives easier by giving them easy access to customer service representatives, so they don’t have to call back multiple times over several days or weeks just because an issue wasn’t resolved the first time around.
- Using project management software, like CROOW, can help manage a busy workload. Whether it’s divvying up responsibilities and deciding who does what, these types of software make work-life much easier. Many companies would struggle to operate without it!
2. Be Open and Available.
In any successful workplace, the employees are happy and feel supported. This can only happen when you’re approachable and available to talk to them.
Employees should be able to come to you with any issue they have: whether it’s a problem that needs solving or an opportunity they’d like to pursue, you should make yourself available for them. You’ll find that if your employees feel comfortable coming to you with their problems and concerns, they’ll be more likely to work with you on innovative ideas as well—and those innovations will improve productivity in both your office space and the wider industry it operates within.
3. Be a Coach.
Being a coach means you’re there to help your employees improve their skills, learn how to solve problems and work through challenges. You want your employees to be able to work together as a team, so you’ll also provide coaching on interpersonal relationships.
The best way for this all to come together is by creating a coaching plan that helps each person achieve the goals they need for their current role—and gives them advice on how they can do even better in future roles (if any). A good coaching plan will include:
- A list of goals for the employee’s area of expertise
- A rubric outlining criteria for success in each goal (for example: “This quarter I will get an 80% rating on my performance review”)
- Suggestions about what types of activities might support those goals
4. Be An Advocate For Employees.
This can be a daunting task. As an advocate for your employees, you’ll need to know your company’s policies and procedures inside and out. You’ll also have to maintain a calm demeanor when talking with people in power—and that probably means you won’t be able to let off steam about how much of a pain it is to deal with certain coworkers or supervisors (unless they’re doing something wrong).
But there are big benefits: being an advocate for those who work under you will give them confidence in knowing that someone is looking out for their best interests. They’ll feel supported by you, which can boost morale among teams or departments by creating better working environments overall. And it doesn’t hurt that this role will make others trust your judgment as well; if they hear anything negative about themselves from employees, they’ll know that you’re on their side because they’ve seen firsthand how hard you’ve worked on behalf of those same people.
5. Create a Healthy Workplace Culture
You can’t do everything yourself. To improve your workplace, you need everyone involved.
While it may be tempting to think that the best way to create a healthy culture of respect and inclusion is by implementing new policies, it turns out that getting people in your company involved with each other is more effective than any policy can be.
So how do you go about doing this? The first step involves creating an environment where employees feel comfortable reaching out when they have concerns or issues at work—and then listening when they do so.
6. Be Transparent With Your Team
Recruiting professionals need to remain transparent about their successes as well as their failures and keep them in contact with their managers and management to improve their performance. Organizations with open feedback and communication give their workers confidence and respect. For a good Human Resources department, you should not just focus on efficiency. Instead, encourage practices to improve transparency in the environment and promote communication.
7. Include Flex Time For Your Employees
One way to improve your workplace is by instituting flex time. Flex time allows employees to choose when they start and end their workday, as long as they meet their daily or weekly hours requirement. This can be beneficial for employees who have children or other obligations outside of work. It can also help reduce stress levels and increase productivity.
8. Offer Employee Development Opportunities
Another way to build a better workplace is by offering employee development opportunities. This can include things like tuition reimbursement, professional development courses, or mentorship programs. Investing in your employees’ development shows that you are committed to their success and want them to grow with the company. These opportunities can also help attract and retain top talent.
9. Create a Employee Recognition Program
Finally, another great HR practice that you probably haven’t tried is implementing an employee recognition program. This can involve things like giving out monthly or quarterly awards, hosting fun company-wide events, or simply saying “thank you” more often. Recognizing employees for their hard work and dedication can help boost morale and improve retention rates.
It’s not easy to make the workplace a better place, but it’s worth it. The more you put into your employees, the more they will put into their work and their lives outside of work. Healthy workplace culture is one where people are happy and engaged, which ultimately leads to higher productivity and better results for everyone involved.
Workplaces are constantly changing and evolving. As an employer, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices to create a positive and productive work environment. What other HR practices do you think are worth trying? Share your thoughts in the comments below!