Improve workplace comfort with these top tips
Ok, so we know that being comfortable isn’t everyone’s main priority at work. You want your employees to get the job done, and they probably won’t if they’re lounging in squishy chairs and wearing their pajamas.
But that doesn’t mean that workplace comfort isn’t important. Your employees can’t do a good job if they feel uncomfortable. While you might make sure that the environment is safe and free of hazards (who is liable for a slip and fall?) are you working hard to ensure that your employees feel relaxed and comfortable?
Some jobs require a smart attire, especially if they’re customer facing. However, some employers enforce business attire when it isn’t necessary. Many businesses are now introducing casual office wear, which allows for jeans, trainers and, well, anything the employee feels comfortable in. While tracksuit bottoms and flip flops might not be appropriate, it’s important to consider your employees comfort at work. If they’re sitting at a desk all day, they might work harder if they feel less restricted by blazers and ties.
Food and drink
Employees feel more comfortable at work if they have tea, coffee and snacks available. While you might not want to keep the fridge fully stocked, providing some basic food and drink options makes employees feel more at home. They will work harder knowing that their employer has cared enough to think of them.
Working from home
Are your employees able to work from home when necessary? Doing so makes them feel a lot more comfortable, and could increase productivity. While some employers believe that people don’t work as hard when they’re at home, evidence shows that this isn’t the case. There are many distractions in the office which might slow down an employee’s workload. Being able to work from home means more time working and less time chatting to a colleague or doing a hectic commute. They’ll want to prove that they’re working, so they will probably get more done.
Providing a comfortable workplace means having good facilities. Your employees won’t want to work for you if the office only has one toilet. This isn’t inclusive for those with chronic illnesses. So, make sure that the office has plenty of toilets and that they are regularly cleaned. An employee must have the basic comfort of using the bathroom whenever needed.
Flexi-time is becoming more common among businesses. It means that employees can choose their hours and be more, well, flexible. Setting rigid working hours may make them feel uncomfortable and less in control of their routine. So, instead of forcing them to do an unpleasant commute, let them have the comfort of flexi-time. A comfortable employee is one who works hard and respects their employer.