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Motivating and Retaining Employees (part 4)

Motivating and Retaining Employees (part 4)

Office Atmosphere

How your employees feel about their jobs is greatly influenced by your office atmosphere. Extravagance to the level of Google’s offices is not necessary, but the office should be attractively decorated and a pleasant place to work. Little things like a fresh coat of paint, pleasant pictures, plants and nice modern office furniture make a big difference. A stereo (with ceiling speakers) tuned to a soft neutral music enhances the office atmosphere and creates an illusion of privacy. It is important that the reception area is top shelf to reflect your professionalism and don’t neglect the toilets, staff and clients will need to use them and smelly, untidy toilets do reflect on your business and your employees. Paying as much attention to decorating and appointing the rest rooms are as important as the client reception areas. Providing modern appliances such as espresso machines, microwaves and updated refrigerator for the lunch room area is important, many companies have a pool table and TV in this area also. Having a large enough room and seats to accommodate everyone to eat lunch is important and will encourage everyone to take an important lunch break rather than eating at their desk. The impression you make on your employees is just as important as the image you project to your clients. Keeping the office clean and uncluttered requires the cooperation of all employees, and you should insist that every employee pitches in to help. However, you should regularly hire contractors for heavy cleaning (e.g., carpet, windows and restroom). Your employees’ attitudes are affected by their physical work environment; make sure it is positive!