When you’re an employer, it’s important to hire people who are passionate about getting the work done. Additionally, you want to make sure you have employees that will go above and beyond to produce excellent work. In order to create this type of atmosphere, you have to be very intentional with your efforts. When you’re able to instill various techniques to encourage inspiration and creativity, you can eventually change your work environment and culture. When people apply to jobs at your company, they’ll know that there’s a specific work culture that encourages excellent work and high-level production. Consider some of the following ways you can keep your employees inspired and develop a reputation as an excellent place to work.
Maintaining Open Dialogue
Many employers make the mistake of waiting until the end of the year to have a sit-down conversation with their employees. Don’t wait until a year passes to have an employee review. Sure, you should have a yearly review to discuss the year. However, you need to have more conversations than that. Consider instilling a quarterly review.
If you’re more intentional about having conversations throughout the year, it helps you to stay on track of your objectives at a closer level. Additionally, make sure that you have an open door policy. Your employees need to know that they can come to you about anything they may be dealing with in the workplace. Whether they’re bored or extremely stuck with a certain problem with a client, you can talk to them about ways to work through the circumstances they’re experiencing. You don’t want to baby your employees though. Step up to a supporting role in the company. If you have a graphic designer that seems like their creativity is waning, know that this is a big deal to address. If they are feeling very stumped by a specific design, consider that this is an indication that something needs to change within the company branding. One small tweak could shift the experience your graphic designer has with a creative block. If your website developer is not in love with magento enterprise, an upgrade to Shopify Plus might be a change to consider. Sure, change is uncomfortable, but efficiency is paramount.
Creating a Beautiful Environment
A beautiful environment can have a major impact on your employees and their ability to produce amazing work. If they’re working in a large room with no windows and dingy, fluourescent lighting, this is going to have an impact on the way they all feel. In fact, so many employees hate fluorescent lighting. Instead, consider relocating into a workspace that has lots of windows and natural light. If you already have that in your current environment, consider hiring an interior designer to help you revamp the space. A fresh coat of paint in an exciting color can make a major difference in the way the room looks.
Currently, one of the design trends involves biophilia. This means that you need to include fresh plants within your decor. A vertical wall that converts into a vertical garden is a great idea. If that’s too high maintenance for you to consider, try indoor plants in different areas of the room. You don’t have to do a major overhaul immediately. However, it’s good to make gradual changes within the way the office looks. When employees can come to work, look around and become inspired by the beauty they see, this can translate into the type of work they produce.
Take note of how your company operates on different days. If the production tends to be high on Mondays or low on Thursdays, it’s wise to take note of the reasons why. These small nuances may seem insignificant. However, you have to take a look at the small details when you’re trying to convert your company culture. Take a look at the day when your employees seem to operate with low energy. This might be the time to invite a motivational speaker to come in to do a workshop that inspires your employees. If you noticed that your employees seem burned out by Thursday, give them the afternoon off. Granted, this isn’t a pass to actually leave. Instead, this is the time for an activity that inspires and brings all of your employees together. Get lunch catered that day. Then, hire a motivational speaker to come in and address issues the employees are facing in the workplace. The motivational speaker can inspire their ability to push through problems. This type of experience can be a great incentive for your employees to stay committed to a job even when they’re stuck in a rut.
Conferences and Courses
Keep track of all the major conferences that are happening that matter to the niches within your company. If there is an international graphic design conference, send your designer. If there’s a human resources conference, send your HR professionals. When they’re able to get out of the regular environment and learn something new, they’re able to sharpen their skills, learn more about new developments and remain competitively inspired.