Wendy Jeffery-Lonnie, GPHR Director
Clear your desk
Yes, it’s obvious and yes, it’s predictable. However the physical space of the workplace has a profound effect on how we we work, and studies and productivity experts support the benefits of having and maintaining a clean desk.
From a logistical perspective, you can lose precious work minutes every time you search for a misplaced paper. From a cognitive perspective, a clean desk creates a sense of order and control, reduces stress and anxiety, enhances focus, and improves overall work performance
Recognise and reiterate the successes of 2023
You celebrated the wins at the end of the year, however with a festive holiday in-between its a good idea to remind your team of these wins once the office is back to capacity. Re-acknowledging and highlighting the successes of the past year boosts morale but also reinforces a positive workplace culture. It fosters a sense of accomplishment and motivates employees, creating a foundation for continued success in the new year.
Take the time to identify any cracks in culture that may have surfaced towards the end of the year
Addressing any cultural issues promptly is crucial for a thriving workplace. Identifying cracks in culture at the beginning of the year allows time to get on the front foot and proactively mend any disconnections or conflicts, ensuring a healthier and more cohesive work environment throughout the upcoming year
Remind the team of your company values – refresh printouts / desktop charts
Revisiting and reinforcing company values helps align employees with the organization’s mission and vision. Refreshing physical assets such as posters, screensavers and desktop backgrounds, serves as visual reinforcement of these values throughout the workplace.
Practice giving and soliciting regular feedback
Encouraging a culture of open communication through regular feedback is essential for employee growth and satisfaction. For business owners, actively seeking and providing feedback establishes a feedback loop that enhances individual and team performance, contributing to a positive workplace culture built on transparency and continuous improvement. If regular feedback was missing in 2023, 2024 is a good point to bring it in.
Review your strategy for communication & recognition to find improvements
Effective communication and recognition are pillars of a healthy workplace culture. Reviewing and refining communication strategies ensures that information flows smoothly throughout the organisation. Additionally, enhancing recognition practices helps in acknowledging and appreciating employee contributions, strengthening the sense of belonging and motivation.
Check your team building activity plan
Team building activities play a vital role in fostering collaboration, trust, and camaraderie among employees. Regularly assessing and updating the team-building activity plan ensures that these activities remain relevant and engaging. Investing in well-planned team-building initiatives contributes to a positive workplace culture by promoting teamwork and reducing potential conflicts.