There are plenty of factors to consider when it comes to business success: finances, networking, expansion, etc.
However, while these are important matters, there is one matter that is usually overlooked even though it has the ability to make or break the companyÂyour workplaceÂs atmosphere.
The health of your company is dependent upon the health of your team, for your business will only go as far as your team promotes it.
Here are a few tips to creating an inviting, successful work environment:
Because there often feels like there is too little time in a day to accomplish everything you need to, you often spread yourself and your employees too thin. Instead of focusing 100 percent of your attention on one task at hand, you spread your focus over too many issues, which leads to disorganization and poor business performance.
Instead, set a schedule and stick to it. Be organized about what needs to be done, when it needs to be, and how it should be done. Set the precedent for your workplace by being organized and delegating tasks efficiently. Do an online company check to see how other business competitors are managing and learn from their actions.
2. Reduce Stress
Whether your business is a brand new start-up or a well-oiled machine, it is crucial to alleviate employee stress. A chaotic atmosphere is overwhelming, which can lead to severe stress. When you and your team are under duress, you are more susceptible to sickness, to financial errors, and business mistakes, among others. According to a Harvard Medical School study of stress, stress can often harm a person Âphysically, emotionally, and psychologically.Â
Getting a handle on stress is the first step. Find a technique or activity that relaxes you and work that into both your routine and your teamÂs routine. Even in a high-pressure work environment, make sure you emphasize the importance of taking breaks during the workday and relaxing.
3. Goal Oriented
Establish goals and deadlines for you company. You can easily track your companyÂs success when you have goals that are measurable. Moreover, goals and deadlines help to keep you and your team focused on the tasks at hand. Begin by establishing (on paper) goals you want to accomplish six months or a year from now. Create incentives for your team to keep them working hard and focused. For example, offer your team a bonus if you reach your financial goal. It will keep both you and your team motivated while furthering your businessÂs success.
4. Comfortable Environment
An environment conducive to success will motivate you and your team. The workplace should be efficient and comfortableÂemotionally and physically. Keep the office space at a comfortable temperature and at a comfortable mood. Stress the importance of being a team, which will hopefully dispel any negativity or competition amongst co-workers. Additionally, try to make the office space relaxing by making it as bright and airy as possible and having a designated area as a break room.
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About the Author: TedÂ LevinÂ is a freelance journalist covering business topics for a variety of websites. He enjoys writing about startup challenges and company culture.Â