Your office environment sets the tone of your business, but it also affects your employee culture. A positive environment can aide in employee retention, keep illness to a minimum and increase productivity. Although a high-pressure environment can seem as if it might be more competitive and encourage productivity, it really contributes to employee distress. Here’s how a positive office environment creates a better workplace, both emotionally and financially.
Reduces Workplace Stress
It’s estimated that over 60 percent of workplace accidents can be attributed to stress. Over 550 million workdays are lost each year because employees are stressed. Health care costs increase by 50 percent or more in a high-pressure, stressful office environment. Positivity goes a long way toward reducing stress and making employees healthier.
Workplace stress leads to turnover, usually voluntary. A high-pressured office can’t retain employees like a less stressful workplace can. Employing new people takes time and money. When employees work in a positive office environment, they’re more likely to remain loyal to the company, reducing your turnover costs.
Increased Engagement With Work
Although competition does drive some people, over time, it can make them feel less engaged with their job. Employees need to feel valued, secure and supported. That’s hard to do in a cut-throat culture that emphasizes stress and pressure situations. Employees who are respected in their position are more effective and productive.
Workers Value the Work Culture
A recent study showed that employees value happiness in the workplace over monetary benefits. It’s up to you to create a healthy and positive office environment to have productive employees who will get the job done. Employees want to feel cared about and be treated with respect and gratitude. It will benefit your bottom line by finding ways to be positive instead of high-pressure.
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