GET EMAIL UPDATES FROM POWERTOFLY
By signing up you accept the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
BROWSE CATEGORIES
GET EMAIL UPDATES FROM POWERTOFLY
For Employers

5 Tips for Creating a Healthier, More Productive Work Environment

"The floggings will continue until morale improves." We've all heard the saying, a tongue-in-cheek way of criticizing workplaces that are neither healthy nor productive — and no employer or employee wants to be that workplace. Create a healthier, more productive work environment with these tips.


1. Ditch the open office

The classic open-office design, with no privacy and everyone in one communal space, was supposed to encourage collaboration and productivity. Yet multiple studies show it doesn't work. Employees seek privacy and respite from the noise by clamping on earphones and tuning out.

So what should you do if you've already invested heavily in an open floor plan? Try changing the layout to afford your employees more privacy, which in turn leads to more productivity. If a complete redesign isn't possible, you still have options. Consider letting employees book time in empty conference rooms or other quiet spaces to do their work. Or offer work-from-home days. Sound-masking, in which you pipe in subtle white noise, can also help employees feel like they can concentrate without hearing other people's conversations.

2. Change the lights

. A significant number of American workplaces have harsh fluorescent lighting that glares down from overhead. That kind of lightning causes employee fatigue and doesn't improve anyone's mood. Your best bet here is to allow natural light into the workspace. If that's not possible, changing light bulbs to daylight bulbs will help. Bringing in lamps is also beneficial, which emanate light at eye level instead of overhead.

3. Add some green

A few green indoor plants may help your bottom line get a little greener too. That's because green plants are shown to have a beneficial effect on mental health. They also clean the air, helping to avoid sick building syndrome (SBS). (SBS is a common issue where office employees experience symptoms similar to that of the common cold while in the office, only to find themselves feeling healthy sometimes almost immediately upon leaving the space.) Putting an indoor plant on every desk will mean healthier, happier workers overall. Some popular options for office plants are peace lilies, spider plants, and philodendrons.

4. Reduce presenteeism

Presenteeism makes employees feel pressure to be at the office no matter what, oftentimes ignoring their own physical or mental health. Presenteeism decreases employee productivity and happiness, which in turn impacts coworkers, whether by passing on germs or merely being present while battling depression or stress. The key here is creating a workplace culture that encourages employees to take care of themselves. Presenteeism can be improved by training managers never to question or argue when a worker calls out sick. Employers can also help employees understand that the most important measuring stick is productivity, not attendance.

5. Unplug

A dead battery is no use to anyone, and good employers understand that employees need to disengage during time off to recharge their batteries. Managers should honor workers' personal time by giving them space to detach from work. Don't email when they are on leave or vacation, or if you do, make clear that an immediate answer is not expected. The same goes for texts, phone calls, messages on Slack — any work-related communication unless it's urgent. Help your employees to treat each other with that same respect by making it a part of your work culture. You'll have people who are refreshed and ready to work, instead of emotionally exhausted employees who take extra time to get into work mode.

It's true some of these five tips for creating a healthier, more productive work environment seem counterintuitive to creating healthier, more productive employees. It's okay to feel hesitant about moving away from an open-plan workspace, or encouraging mental health days. Just remember, it's all backed by science. Your bottom line will thank you.

popular

How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Pluralsight

The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Plex

How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Career and Interview Tips

10 Tips to Stand Out at a Virtual Job Fair

Your guide to preparing for virtual career fairs and making a great impression with recruiters

According to a LinkedIn survey, up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking. For job seekers, virtual job fairs make networking with recruiters more convenient. You can interact with potential employers from all over the world, ask them questions, and apply for jobs. Every event is different, but they most often include video conferencing features, chat rooms, and Q&A sessions.

Dilyara Timerbulatova, Virtual Job Fair Coordinator at PowerToFly explains that, "virtual job fairs have many benefits, namely connecting top talent and recruiters that would otherwise never cross paths. These events are a tool to help companies build well-rounded, diverse teams that align with the company culture and business vision."

READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
Webinars

Pride At Work: Learn more about Our Partners, Sponsors & Speakers

Learn more about our amazing speakers and sponsors at our June 2021 virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Pride At Work, three days of conversations and panels plus an interactive virtual career fair.

Our Pride At Work summit certainly made us proud! PowerToFly was thrilled to present talks by members of the LGBTQIA+ community alongside some amazing allies. Our conversations ranged from leaders at the highest levels of government positions to visionaries in the worlds of business & tech to artists from the music and entertainment industry. If you tuned in, and celebrated our speakers, thank you! And if you missed the summit or would like to re-watch any of the talks, those conversations will all be available to watch for free on PowerToFly.

We want to extend a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors American Express, NGA, Smartsheet, S&P Global, Raytheon Technologies, PwC and Esri plus our media partner MMCA.

If you can, please consider donating to some of the amazing organizations we highlighted at the summit including GLITS, fighting for the health and rights of transgender sex workers; Garden State Equality, the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization in New Jersey, with over 150,000 members; National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, including people living with HIV/AIDS; and NYC Anti-Violence Project, empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Plus, don't forget to visit our Merch Store and grab yourself some PowerToFly apparel. 100% of the proceeds from our sales will be going to TransTech Social, supporting transgender and non-binary people in tech.

Finally, registration for our July 12th - 15th virtual summit Diversity Reboot: Tech For Social Impact is now open! Join us to learn about founders from mission-driven organizations and their social impact. Register for free here
READ MORE AND DISCUSS Show less
© Rebelmouse 2020