Modern times have changed a lot of things in our daily lives. We do not communicate the way we did two decades ago. Some may say that we are communicating even better, but at what cost? Just take a look at a present-day office environment and then one from 20 years back. You will see a major difference between them.
This difference might be for the better in some ways, as fast communication has saved us time and increased efficiency. However, it has made it much harder to unify with colleagues the way we used to way back when.
The lack of communication from one co-worker to another can be so much that while working in same office, we rarely meet people working in other departments, unless there’s a work-related reason to.
I support the use of technology in our daily lives and in the office, but we need to bridge the gap between employees that has been created because of our technology as well. The solution is simple: get your employees together more often, not for official issues to be discussed but for socializing. This creates a healthy family environment in the office that is without any doubt a major contributor to an efficient and happy workplace.
How To Create A Good Office Environment
I have seen many CEOs go the extra mile to arrange special activities for their employees to take part in. These activities sometimes involve sacrifices on your part, but that will ensure your employees trust you when they see how important their well-being is to you.
Get a charitable organization to show you and your employees about the work they are doing. Encourage the employees by asking them to arrange activities for the charity on weekends. These activities can be fundraising ideas like dinner, an auction or any other idea they can come up with. Encourage them to invite their family and friends to the event as well.
Hand out medals and trophies for awards like the most social person, most humorous person and hardest worker. Giving these types of medals out on a monthly basis is bound to bring a positive change in the attitudes of your employees.
Host an employee family get-together for a picnic, barbecue, fundraising dinner or a cruise. These kinds of gestures (especially when done from your own pocket) create an environment of family which will increase the productivity and happiness of your employees.
Arrange a sports tournament or game for the employees, their kids and other family members. Basketball, baseball, chess, badminton, table tennis and other similar kind of activities make for a fun time for many different people. Sometimes employees will even arrange these kinds of events themselves.
Set up a movie night. A family-friendly movie will put all your attendees in a happy mood. There are many documentaries available that not only have decent messages, but a very interesting story-line to get the attention of viewers of all ages.
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