The last thing you want, as a business owner, is for your employees to feel uncomfortable at work. Employees who are not comfortable are less productive, less creative, and less likely to stick around than employees who feel good at work.
The good news is, it’s pretty easy to make your employees feel more comfortable in the workplace when you know what it is that might be making them uncomfortable in the first place.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 5 things that will make your staff feel uncomfortable:
The wrong temperature
This is a really simple one to solve. If your commercial HVAC is set too high or too low, and it is making your employees feel too hot or too cold, you need to change that so that they do not end up overheating or feeling so cold that they cannot work effectively. If it is broken, then get it repaired and serviced as soon as possible because improper working temperatures really can take their toll on productivity and make employees feel unenthusiastic about heading to work each day.
The wrong furniture
If the furniture in your workplace is not ergonomic, then it could be causing your employees to be physically uncomfortable and giving them issues like repetitive strain injury or neck stiffness. Again, this is an easy one to solve by simply switching existing furniture for ergonomic versions that are more supportive.
If you are always looking over your employees’ shoulders to see what they are doing, then there is a very good chance you are making them feel very uncomfortable indeed.
Most employees are happier, more creative, and more efficient at doing their work when they are trusted to get on with it. Brief them, and then trust them to know what they are doing and they will undoubtedly surprise you.
A bad culture
As a business owner, you should do everything you can to create a friendly and supportive workplace culture. If you fail to do this and there is a culture of bullying or working too hard to show that you are better than the next employee, then it will not take long for staff to start feeling unhappy and uncomfortable at work.
Most employees will be very uncomfortable if they are asked to lie or do anything that is not 100 percent kosher, and as an employee, you should absolutely not ask them to do so, not only for their sake, but for your own and for your business reputation too. Keep everything clear and transparent if you want to succeed.
Teambuilding exercises, regular meetings where you discuss issues and resolve them, and lots of time spent on boosting the esteem of your employees will really help with this.
Now you know what some of the most common causes of discomfort in the workplace are, you can avoid them in your workplace, keep your staff happy, and have a more successful business as a result.