Quality of work life in Project Management: – From Monday 13th to Friday 17th June 2016, it is the quality of life at work week! The opportunity for us to quickly present you 5 small ideas that can improve your work environment and make you feel better at your workstation. These ideas for-sure have utmost importance in regards of quality of work life.
Ideas to Improve your Quality of Work Life
- Giving Greenery to your Office
A pleasant and warm work environment is decisive for the quality of life of the employees. Think of green plants in the workspaces! They will affect the morale of all. A Norwegian study found a strong correlation between the decline in the number of sick leave and the number of green plants in the workplace. Plants would have a beneficial influence on migraines, itching or fatigue as they have a positive effect on stress. They also help to purify the ambient air and thus reduce infections of ENT (irritated or dry throat, cough).
- Meeting around a meal together
Create links with your colleagues and develop a sense of belonging to a team. Emotional ties are important for a good quality of life at work and for the motivation of your teams. With this in a view, organizing once a week a common meal is an opportunity to strengthen ties. The most opportune moment is probably breakfast. It is organized easily; everyone can take charge of bringing some of the ingredients, croissants, fruit juices, cakes. Choose Monday for this convivial highlight, to start in a good mood a week of work.
- Reward Worker of the Week
Work motivation systems have often relied on a metaphor, “carrot or stick”. Must we think that the best way to progress, to encourage productivity and excellence is to reward the one who does well and to punish the one who hurts? This rigid system is outdated and today we see that the intrinsic motivation of pleasure at work is decisive and lasting. The feeling of being creative, actually contributing to the development of a project is often stronger than the satisfaction of being well paid. If you decide to set up an award to value the best member of the team, do it to value its creativity, motivation or ideas,
- Redevelop Offices and Spaces
The welfare of employees also depends on the quality of the working environment. A comfortable and luminous space where each one settles in a place that corresponds to him allows the professional fulfillment. Reorganize your offices according to the constraints of your activity and the premises but prefer the feel of your employees. Take care of your premises while thinking about the household and all the useful things in everyday life; it is important for the morale of the whole team! A collective space is also very important: employees need a friendly place where everyone can meet to relax for a lunch break or a coffee break.
- Allowing breaks to better Manage these tasks
The maximum efficiency in the work must take into account the chronological rhythms of each. No one can be 100% creative and effective eight hours straight. To fight stress, the permanent feeling of being overwhelmed, not to advance, and to take breaks is essential. It is necessary to make real breaks, without any connection with the work (do not read your emails!). Stretch, yawn, breathe deeply, moisturize yourself, eat a fruit or go take the air. Also take time to have lunch. These are basic principles but they allow to relax and then to be more productive.