Posted at 05:35h
Your office environment has a huge influence on the dedication and productivity of your employees. If you have problems maximizing your employees' potential, hitting goals, and preventing turnover, then you need to change your corporate culture and the feel and function of your workplace. Everyone praises the energy and unity at offices like Google and Edward Jones, but there's no reason why your company can't be equally utopian.
5 Ways To Vastly Improve Your Office Environment:
1. Fire The Gossips
Gossiping, backbiting, criticism, and cliques have no place in the workplace. People will never feel safe enough to share their ideas and strategies in an office where politics and grade-school social structures abound. As CEO Dave Ramsey says.
I have fired people for gossiping, and I will again. Problems and gripes are fine but they must be handed up to leadership, not spread laterally or down. Stamp out gossip if you want to have unity in your company.
2. Fire The Complainers
Just like gossip and backstabbing, whining is extremely toxic. My husband managed a high-volume, high-pressure sales floor where it was extremely important to keep employees continually focused, motivated, and confident. He maintained a no-tolerance policy for complaining. If the salespeople had a question or concern, they were always welcome to come into his office and voice their opinion - he was very open to comments and suggestions. But they absolutely were not allowed to sit around griping and grousing. It's destructive to the complainer and absolutely soul-sucking for all the employees who listen to it.