This article highlights on what all measures to take to create a healthy work environment. It also helps employers in understanding basic needs of employees.
Its 21st century and we are adapting to new work culture. Gone are the
days when we used to put all our stress on work neglecting our health.
In todays scenario a lot of importance is given to healthy working
environment so that an employee works with peace of mind and is a
productive employee. We put more stress on fruitful work completion
rather than just spending 10 to 6 at office and doing no productive
work. Nowadays each and every company be it softwares, Hardwares or
any other company cares for its employees because if the employees
will not get better conditions to work , they will not work and always
go on strike for all sorts of demands. Its always better and in favor
of Company Administration to understand employees needs from time to
time and upgrade accordingly. It does not means that each and every
demand needs to be fulfilled but it should be reviewed.
A question always arises as to why a healthy working environment is
needed ? Employees are the backbone of a Company and if they are not
productive there will be low output and hence less profit. If
employees are given good working conditions they will always want to
work and stick to a particular company instead of pay packages. There
are only few employees who shift because of pay package, many shift
due to poor working conditions. Top notch officials have to look into
each and every minute thing to get maximum work done from an employee.
We do all assessment starting from when an employee enters an office
to when he leaves the office, his productivity, and whether he should
get promotion or not but have we spend enough time in checking as to
why a particular employee is not doing fruitful work and what type of
help we can provide so that he turns into an asset for the company. It
is also sometimes seen that few employees are fruitful when they join
the company and then their work deteriorates. Have we tried to find
out why ?
If its a big company its very hard to look into problems of each and
every employee but its not impossible. We adopt new technology new
ideas but forget to change few basic things at our office which may be
hampering the output. Take for example the case of software company.
It must be assured that each and every employee gets good chair to
rest his back as he has to sit for long hours. The table should be
high enough so that the monitor of the computer is just in front and
an employee. He need not stress his back. The keyboard should be good
and no keys misplaced. The mouse should be in good condition. Its
always better to go for LCD monitors than the normal ones as it does
not strains the eyes. Then comes work , when a particular project is
assigned to a project manager a team is formed for a specific period
of time so that the work is completed on time. Its the whole team
which works towards the success and completion of project and not a
one man show. But it sometimes happens that we appreciate the work of
Project manager but forget to appreciate a particular employee without
whose contribution timely completion would not have been achieved.
Recognition is very important and even a small staff should be
appreciated for his good work. If its summers proper cooling facility
should be there. Good lighting conditions should be there. Its said
that “ Take care of your employees and they will take care of the work
Office environment should be light and not a tense one. Its very
important to be serious towards our work but that does not mean that
we should work in a tensed environment. The employees should be at
ease and they should laugh often. The gap between top management and
employees should be minimum so that a particular employee feels free
to discuss his problem to a particular person. Nowadays every company
has got a grievance cell to look into the problems of the employees
but very few reach there.
The environment of office should not be political. Each and every
employee should work with full cooperation and devotion. A lot of
employees don't speak up or leave the company due to political
environment and non cooperative seniors. Policies of companies should
be such that it should not hamper the interest of the employees.
Employees should be given freedom to share their ideas and give their
suggestions from time to time. Sometimes small ideas play wonders and
it may come from some one whom you never expected. Let your employees
You should always tell the employee as to what is expected from him.
This will create a sense of importance in him and he will work for the
company. These are the small and minor things which should be taken
care of , for the success of the company. We have healthy food,
healthy drink then why not a healthy work environment. The employees
should be given enough holidays so that their productivity do not
deteriorate. An overworked employee is not at all good. A diseased
employee should be allowed enough rest because it sometimes happens
that he comes to work and passes on the same to other coworkers and
the whole office gets sick. Treat your employees as assets and they
will never become your liability. Make them work in a healthy
environment and see the wonders happening every day at office.