Are we changing our work habits ?
What are the proposed solutions
Do you struggle to wake up during the week? Do you dread opening up your work email inbox? Do
you hate team projects? Do the words “cross-disciplinary, communal, meetings, presentation” fill
you with anxiety? Keep on reading, this article is for you! Oh and if the things listed above don’t ring
any bells…still stick with us, there’s something for you too!
Do you know how much time we spend at work on average? Approximately 32 years… that’s a lot of
time spent in an unpleasant work environment, wouldn’t you say? Yes. We agree!
The work environment is an important factor in the fulfilment of employees. Stress, anguish and
anxiety and even discomfort should not be part of daily life for your employees. Management teams
are largely responsible for the creation of a pleasant and respectful work atmosphere for all workers,
but not just that! How do you create a positive work environment?
The first stage is very often the one that many overlook. Quite simply, take the temperature
within your teams. Listen to the rumblings in the corridors, observe the relationships
between colleagues. You’ll find that you’ll learn a lot about the environment in which they
operate. Pay attention to the body language they display, are they tense? Do they smile
readily? Do they complain a lot? Do coffee breaks go on a long time, too often? These are
easily identifiable signs which will help you to analyse the well-being of your employees.
Occasionally, they indicate the employees’ need to distance themselves from the tasks
assigned or even from their co-workers.
- Address the problem by opening up dialogue, conduct surveys, invite your workers to
individual meetings. Go the extra mile! The well-being of your employees is the secret to
their productivity. It’s down to these exchanges that you will be able to find actionable
solutions in both the short and long term.
- Find actionable solutions. Discussing is all well and good but acting on things is really the
way forward. Professional relationships are…still “RELATIONSHIPS” AND as with all
relationships, actions speak louder than words. Your employees need to feel integrated and
heard, considered, valued – should we continue with the adjectives or do you get the
picture?? If positivity and peace of mind are your goals, then this needs to be felt through
your actions: drafting a new internal rulebook, use of an occupational psychologist, etc.
We would like to draw your attention to one thing, the work environment includes both tangible and
intangible factors (atmosphere). It is impossible to deal with one and ignore the other. You see, it’s a
bit like the question asked by children: “Would you prefer to cry in a Lamborghini or be happy on a
bike? “. We all give an answer, but in truth we’d all prefer to be happy in a Lambo! Do you see where
we’re going with this little example? The tangible and intangible environment of your employees is
Look at the case for the bike: You get on really well with your colleagues but hate your desk… Your
chair is so uncomfortable, your computer too low and then, wham! You end up spending 30 minutes
looking for a physio because you have a bad back. You know it’s happened before, don’t lie, it’s
clear… Your work environment is therefore not optimal and hinders the accomplishment of your
tasks. And that, no-one wants. Equip teams knowingly, with the aim of providing comfort – this is a
Illustration of the Lambo case: You work in the newest office space in town with an unobstructed
view of your stress and burnout. We hit the nail on the head, right? Haha. In all seriousness, no one
wants to work in an anxiety-inducing and emotionally exhausting atmosphere. Offering a pleasant
work experience to your employees through the business culture, values and even the content of
their tasks should also be a priority.
We told you at the beginning to stick with us, because we had something to tell everyone: the happy
and the not-so happy. It’s true that the work environment largely depends on the management and
HR department. What is also true is that in business, solidarity and openness to others is also vital!
To all those who are unhappy, don’t stay in your own little section, share your concerns with the
relevant people so that they can take action. And to all those who are happy, if you notice someone
is becoming increasingly detached or unhappy, say something. Be the proactive force for your