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How to Create a Supportive Work Environment

Depending on who you are, you will either love, hate, or be neutral about working. Either way, the reality that most of us have to face is that we must work, and we spend the majority of our time working. As such, it would be great if you felt safe and comfortable when working. However, this is often not the case. If you want to find ways to create a supportive working environment that fosters good health and wellbeing, then this article is just for you.

How to create a supportive work environment for employees?

1. Make sure there is a good work-to-life balance

If you work regularly and for many hours, it can be all too easy to spend too much time working. How do you know if you are spending too much time working? Well, it is pretty obvious that you are doing too much if you find yourself having little or practically zero time to do things other than work. Of course, for some professions, this is inescapable. However, it is important to find a balance between work and other aspects of your life for your own mental health and physical wellbeing. If you exert too much of your time and energy into working, your health will most likely decline, and you put yourself at greater risk of burning out. So, even if it is only an hour or two each day, it is important that you spend some time doing things that you love. This will, in turn, ensure that your working environment is more pleasurable as you will less likely associate it with negative sentiments. If your company does not do so already, try and create some social events for everyone to get involved with so they too can enjoy being at work.

2. Treat everyone with respect

No matter who we are or what we have done, everyone is entitled to some degree of respect. If the working environment is a supportive one, everyone will respect and treat each other with care. There are a number of ways to foster meaningful respect at work which include finding common ground, paying attention to details, and being considerate and non-judgemental. While some of these traits may seem difficult to obtain, practice makes perfect. It is unlikely that you will master it first try; however, what is important is that you persevere for the sake of yourself, for others, and for the company. By doing so, you can help to reduce employee negativity.

3. Acknowledge and reward achievements

Another great way to create a supportive work environment is by acknowledging and rewarding achievements. If you notice that a particular employee or colleague has gone above and beyond, or simply that they have worked well, it is important that their work does not go unrecognized. Instead, make sure to reward them. If you can do this, they will be more likely to feel valued, appreciated, and cherished and will enjoy being at work more. It can be as simple as rewarding them with their favorite chocolate or perhaps an experience that they have always wanted to do.