Workplace Environment & Its Impact on Employee Performance

by Stephanie Fagnani, Demand Media
    Comfortable workstations can help employees remain focused and productive.

    Comfortable workstations can help employees remain focused and productive.

    Having an engaged, motivated and highly effective workforce is imperative in today's competitive business landscape. Employers can help get the best out of their employees by providing them with a safe environment that encourages comfort and communication and provides them with the ability to fine-tune their job skills.

    Comfort

    Many employees spend the bulk of their week inside an office. Companies that put an emphasis on designing a workplace that caters to the comfort of its employees can get a leg up on their competition. Proper lighting, fully functioning equipment and workstations designed with the principles of ergonomics in mind can all help keep employees comfortable throughout the day. The more comfortable employees are, and the more they believe their employer is committed to keeping them comfortable, the greater the chances that they will be highly productive.

    Safety

    Ensuring the safety of all workers is a critical responsibility for any organization. Studies have found that when employees feel safe in their workplace, their morale is higher, they are more engaged in their jobs and they exhibit a greater attention to detail. In fact, according to a study by global services firm Towers Watson, which focuses on helping clients improve performance, almost half of all senior executives in the financial industry reported that productivity increased in direct correlation to the implementation of effective safety programs in the workplace.

    Communication

    Managers and supervisors who create a workplace environment encouraging open communication and positive feedback can help to enhance the confidence level of their underlings, according to Business Performance, a business software tools provider. Making sure employees clearly understand their job goals can help boost their sense of ownership over their daily tasks, making them more likely to always perform at optimal levels.

    Training

    Nobody likes to fail, and a workplace that provides skills training for its employees can help decrease the likelihood that workers will make costly errors that bring down their confidence and overall morale. According to Leader Values, a firm that helps corporations improve the personal skills of their leaders, allowing employees to learn and practice new skills can boost the sense of pride they have in their work, while also minimizing the chance of customer dissatisfaction and the negative impact that can have on the entire organization.

    About the Author

    Stephanie Fagnani has been a professional writer and editor for more than 20 years. She served as an editor at Fairchild Publications, where she presided over the Center Store section of the weekly B2B trade magazine "Supermarket News." She has also covered the corporate training and education markets extensively since 1997. Fagnani holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Pace University.

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