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July 13, 2022

How To Create An Ideal Workspace and Maximize Employee Satisfaction

In this blog post, we will go through everything you should know about employee satisfaction and how to create the best workspace for them.

Creating an ideal workspace is essential for employee satisfaction and by understanding what factors impact employee satisfaction, you can create a space that meets all their needs.

Why is employee satisfaction so important?

Employee satisfaction is a key indicator of how well an employee will do their job. In fact, happy employees are 13% more productive and are more likely to stay with the company for a longer period.

Happy employees are more engaged with their work and are more likely to go the extra mile to help the company succeed. This can lead to better customer service, higher quality products, and increased sales.

There are several factors that contribute to employee satisfaction and the workspace is a crucial element. The office design, the layout of the furniture, and the overall atmosphere can all impact how satisfied an employee is with their job.

By taking steps to create a productive workspace, you can eventually increase employee satisfaction and retention while also improving productivity.

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How to boost employee satisfaction in your workplace

There are some ways to boost employee satisfaction in the workplace. Some of the most effective include those below:

Recognize and reward your employees

One of the best ways to show your employees that you appreciate them is by recognizing and rewarding their efforts. This can be done through financial incentives, such as bonuses or raises, or non-financial incentives, such as more paid time off or free lunches.

Either way, showing your employees that their hard work is being noticed and appreciated will go a long way in boosting satisfaction levels.

Offer career development opportunities

Employees who feel stuck in a dead-end job are less likely to be satisfied with their work. To keep your employees engaged and motivated, it's important to offer career development opportunities.

This can be done through training and development programs, mentorship programs, or providing opportunities for advancement within the company. By investing in your employees' career development, you'll show them that you are committed to their success.

Promote a healthy work-life balance

Employees who feel like they are always working and never have time for their personal lives are less likely to be satisfied with their job. To promote a healthy work-life balance, it's important to offer flexible work hours, paid time off, and other benefits that allow employees to take care of their personal lives. 

By taking steps to promote a healthy work-life balance, you'll show your employees that you value their time and their well-being.

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Creating an ideal workspace

The best possible workspace should be both comfortable and functional. It should be designed to maximize employee satisfaction and productivity. Here are some factors in creating the ideal workplace:

Make sure your employees can move freely

The ideal workplace allows employees to move freely and intuitively, with as little friction as possible. This means having enough space for people to walk around and clear pathways to exit the office in case of an emergency.

Ensure there is natural light

Natural light is important for both employee satisfaction and productivity. If possible, make sure there are enough windows in the office so that employees can get some natural light during the day on all corners of the area. You can also use light shelves which “can help light penetrate further into space 2.5 to 4 times further than windows that don’t.”

Add plants

Adding some green to the office can help create a more pleasant and inviting workspace. According to a report by CIPHR, having plants in the office will reduce anxiety, decrease anger by up to 44%, and fatigue by up to 38%.

Apart from that, productivity is generally boosted when adding houseplants--the same report indicates that employees can be as much as 15% more productive.

 

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Keep it clean on a daily basis

A clean office is a happy and productive office. Be sure to have a cleaning schedule in place so that the office is kept tidy daily. This will help create a more positive work environment.

A survey by Brother UK revealed that 41% of employees believe that having an organized workspace is necessary to increase productivity. Furthermore, 49% of employees say they don't feel motivated to go to work if the office is not tidy and 31% believe that a cluttered office increases their stress levels.

All in all, while having a good, professional layout is key to creating the ideal workspace, keeping it tidy and clean is instrumental.

Don't forget standing desks

Standing desks are a great way to improve employee productivity and health. If possible, add some standing desks to the office so that employees have the option to stand while they work and remain healthy while working for you.

Employee satisfaction and reducing workplace friction

Creating an ideal workspace is key to maximizing employee satisfaction. By considering the five senses, you can create a space that looks not only great but also feels great and functions well. 

Fully maximizing employee satisfaction also includes providing employees with a truly safe workplace that has as little friction as possible. That way everyone has an equitable opportunity to thrive and do their best work. 

To learn from a workplace/employee experience expert defines office safety in our evolving and dynamic times, click the image below:

 

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