Lifting the mood to improve output
An uplifting, happy office culture is one of those intangible elements that can make a huge difference in the world of business. Research suggests that happier employees are more productive, and that businesses may, accordingly, want to invest in initiatives directed at lifting mood to improve output.
Though investment in culture can lead to great results, there’s no need to spend money to help your team feel great about going to work every day. There are a number of ways to approach this task, including initiatives that won’t cost much to implement.
Curious about what makes a happy workforce? Here’s how you can go about creating a positive office culture after your MBA training.
Salaries and benefits are good motivators, but even their effects can only go so far. People also like to know what kind of impact their work has on the big picture of a company's operations, and to have some idea of where the company is headed. Being privy to this kind of information can help employees feel trusted, and also that they can trust their employer.
A simple way to maintain a healthy level of transparency in a business is to share the business's successes and challenges with members of the team. It should be no surprise that hearing about successes can make your team feel proud, and inspired to work hard to keep the momentum going.
Hearing about challenges doesn't have quite that immediate mood-boosting effect, but tells employees that they are being treated as valued members of the team, deserving to know the true state of things in the business. This also has the potential to motivate, and might even lead to the team contributing solutions.
Executive MBA courses often cover leadership principles that can help you in creating this sort of open culture in your workplace. From teaching you how to analyze individual and organizational behavior, to helping you learn how to hire the kind of trustworthy people who thrive in transparent organizations, your training can help you more easily establish a transparent and healthy workplace.
Workplace flexibility has been a hot topic for many years. Some advocates see flexible hours or the opportunity to work from home as being valuable tools for helping create better balance between work and home life. Detractors, not without reason, point to the difficulty of coordinating efforts between people working different hours, or in different places, and the potential negative impact it can have on an organization’s bottom line.
Introducing some flexibility initiatives to the workplace can be a great idea, but only when executed correctly. Fortunately, graduates of an Executive Master of Business Administration program will be well positioned to making the dynamic work. Many new tech tools have been created around the idea of flexible workspaces, and being trained in the evaluation of these tools can help you adopt the ones that will allow you to introduce more flexibility to your organization while maintaining efficiency.
Examples of tools you may want to consider are team communication applications like Twist or Slack, which can help bridge the gap between teams working apart, and Toggl, which offers project time tracking. Remote access and communication features are big in the software space right now, so whatever your needs, your MBA training should be able to help you find solutions that are right for you.
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