There are lots of ways to keep people engaged with the job at hand, from individual recognition and compensation packages to wider cultural improvements. Studies have shown when people are invested and inspired at work, they produce better results and show loyalty to your business in return.


What makes a positive workplace?

Whether you have two employees or two thousand, the benefits of a healthy workplace can be felt through many areas of the business. From personal relationships to professional development, creating a healthy workplace environment helps to boost productivity, reduce turnover, and lead to a better quality of life.

The following elements are keys to every positive workplace:

Meaningful relationships

Human beings are social creatures, and this fundamental fact needs to be addressed in every workplace. There are lots of ways to foster healthy relationships between employees, from collaborative exercises and group activities to team meetings and social events. While it's important to maintain professionalism in all relationships, how people interact has a huge impact on employee morale. 

Professional development

Employees deserve to feel valued. Plus professional development has huge implications for all aspects of your business, especially turnover rates. While some employees are happy with a repetitive job, most people thrive when they're presented with workplace education, training, and promotion opportunities.

Work-life balance

Many workers seeking new jobs are prioritising respect for the work-life balance. Expecting people to work endless hours is doomed to failure, with the long-term health of your workplace requiring a more sustainable approach. It's important to keep track of working hours to help people find the right balance. 


How to keep employees engaged and inspired

To keep your people engaged and ready to work, you need to be proactive in encouragment. There are lots of creative ways to keep your employees inspired, from regular feedback sessions to compensation packages and wider cultural programs. With the following tips, you can get the balance right between employee relationships, professional development, and work-life balance:

Provide feedback and recognition

Most people want to do a great job, but not everyone knows how. Regardless of your size or industry sector, regular feedback is crucial. If you create a tight feedback loop and act quickly on the information presented, you can recognise inefficiencies and regain control of critical business systems. It's also important to recognise a job well done, with positive feedback one of the keys to long-term growth.

Promote a culture of transparency and trust

If you want your people to thrive, it's important to create a company culture of transparency and trust. While hierarchies work for most businesses and micro-management has its place, most people flourish in an open environment based on mutual respect. Instead of looking over people's shoulders and recognising small mistakes, you can choose to focus on long-term targets and reward a job well done.

Offer fair benefits and competitive compensation

Positive feedback and recognition go a long way, but sometimes it's not enough. Employees prosper when they're presented with fair benefits and competitive compensation packages. When people are doing a good job, they should be rewarded. This simple act of performance management is the most effective and straightforward way to boost staff retention.


Benefits of a positive workplace environment

By following the advice listed above, you will experience the following benefits and many others:

  • Increased satisfaction
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Improved retention

Overall, this will lead to a more fulfilling and successful workplace — with employees, management, and customers all likely to benefit.

If you're wanting to see if we practice what we preach, contact your local GRENKE branch and ask your personal relationship manager today.