How to Create a Friendly Workplace Environment

by Lisa McQuerrey; Updated September 26, 2017
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Creating a work environment where staffers feel welcome, respected and at-ease can help improve productivity and performance, increase morale and reduce turnover. Make your workplace a comfortable place to be by encouraging teamwork and adding a bit of levity to the workday.

Be Inclusive

Make sure staffers know each other by introducing new hires, temps and interns around the office and at all-staff meetings. Start group meetings with “get to know you” games or quizzes to lighten the mood, and encourage participation in company-wide events. Let employees know you appreciate them by having staff and peer recognition programs and events to acknowledge contributions and achievements.

Have Fun

Take meetings outside or to a new location once in awhile -- like a park or a mini golf course. Encourage themed dress days, celebrate holidays and special occasions and encourage staffers to decorate their work spaces in ways that reflect their personalities. Host outings and fun events, like a workplace movie hooky day, a popcorn machine in the break room or a company-paid pizza party.

Encourage Collaboration

Encourage staff members to work together, brainstorm and problem solve. Institute an open-door policy for mediating conflict and resolving workplace issues before they get out of hand. Provide staffers with all the resources they need to be successful and help them set realistic personal and professional goals. Offer professional development opportunities and mentoring programs to encourage longevity and give staffers a sense of pride in their jobs.

Provide Tension Release

Have an on-site workout room or quiet meditation lounge where staffers can go to take a break or relieve stress. Offer healthy snacks and beverages in your break room for workers to enjoy throughout the day. If feasible, offer flexible work scheduling, job-sharing or telecommuting so employees can maintain a positive work-life balance.

Celebrate Success

Celebrate individual, group and company successes as a way to express appreciation and promote staff bonding. For example, let staffers nominate colleagues for “above and beyond” teamwork initiatives and draw a name for a weekly coffeehouse gift card. Provide a paid personal day to the staffer who comes up with the most effective money-saving idea for their department, or host a weekend get-away for staffers and significant others if a major annual goal is reached.

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