As the owner of a business, your top priority overall tends to be the success of the business, and the opportunity for expansion. Under the umbrella of success, however, are your employees, and making sure that each person is happy in their working environment. There are a lot of factors that can affect a person at work, but having the wrong working environment falls at the top of the list. Here are some top tips to make sure your employees are able to work to the best of their ability.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Equipment
This is an important one if you have any employees working at computers for an extended amount of time – which is really common for most businesses. If an employee is not seated correctly at their desk, or not given the right support, this could lead to injuries, sight issues, headaches and unproductivity. There are minimum requirements set by law to uphold. However, that is not to say you shouldn’t go above and beyond for your employees. Taking the time to invest in quality chairs, desks and computers could save you a lot of money in the long run. Comfortability for your employees will increase time efficiency and focus, which in turn will boost profit levels. You should also ensure that your employees take their DSE training as shortly after starting employment as possible, as injuries from DSE can be obtained in a short period.
Fresh Air Supply and Water
Having an opening window near your employees, or, the ability for your employees to take a five- minute fresh air break, will really help to reduce stress and improve productivity levels. Offices can get stuffy and overheated causing employees to feel lethargic and sluggish. The same effects can come from being dehydrated. As much as employees can bring water or buy water, having a cool fresh water supply will ensure that your employees always have access to drinking water.
If budgeting allows having a high-quality temperature regulating system in your office can really help to keep your employees comfortable and working at that best. Temperature has a huge effect on the energy levels. Being too cold causes our bodies to use energy to heat up and being too hot causes our bodies to sweat to cool down, and in turn, dehydrate. Keeping your office temperature at an optimum level will avoid any tiredness and illness that can come from working in hot/cold conditions for a prolonged period of time.
These may seem like common sense, but it is essential to assess your office space for errors in these areas. As the business owner, you do not want to assume that your employees are happy and working well when actually they are burning out and not enjoying their job anymore. It is your responsibility as they’re employer to ensure conditions are as good as they possibly can be. Valuing the health and happiness of your employees will reward you with a hardworking and efficient business.
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