We often hear the phrase “Healthy Work Environment”. Ever wonder what exactly it means?
A “Healthy Work Environment” can be directly related to the “Office Culture” or any workplace where we generally spend 70% of our day. And this means our entire personality is deeply affected by the surroundings we stay in. Because the more time we spend at a particular place, the more we tend to become like it.
The Company’s Responsibility
And that is why the best of the companies or the most sensible ones offer its employees a “Healthy Work Environment” literally. The most suited work culture to any Employee can be one where a person does not feel pressurized, forced, abused in any form or harassed for anything they do or do not do.
The perfect “Office Culture” gives enough freedom to its employees so as to express their issues and discuss their problems with their seniors. Where they are respected and valued for who they are and where the company listens to their suggestions, however, small they can be.
That’s how the employee falls in love with the company too along with their job profile.
The Employee’s Responsibility
Coming back to the “Office Culture”, this mainly comprises of how you deal with your colleagues, seniors, juniors and also from the visitors, vendors and clients. It also includes the way you interact with other departments, because trust me, every individual is responsible for making a good office culture. This is also a legacy which one builds up and leaves behind for others to follow while s/he rises towards the “Success bars”.
Personally, I can bifurcate “Office Culture” in two vies, one from where we see our peers and the other from where we are being accessed, which means how our senior management looks at us.
The Employee’s Point of View
From an employee’s view, if I am appreciated by the work I do and even rewarded for my extra inputs, I would call it the perfect place to work at. Also being a woman, if I am given that extended privilege of “work from home” when I have a sick child or parent at home, without of course a deduction in my pay, I would be more than willing to dedicate extra hours to my work whenever I can. Furthermore, while working late, if I am provided a safe drop-off service directly to my home, this will boost up my confidence and I shall be staying back often to get that extra glitter to my client’s sale presentation.
Being a man, I guess, if a complimentary “Weekend off” comes to any employee who has not taken a single leave in an entire month, only due to his work commitments, will make him and his family happier and that, in turn, will again lead to more dedication and honesty towards one’s work. Also, may be a company paid trip for the family to the local resort, just so that you can make up with your family for all the lost hours when you were busy getting that huge deal for your company, this will again re-energize your spirits at work.
As they say “Little things matter the most”. For some these could look like just simple perks, though, to me they look like generous, considerate efforts of employee, employer and their families for making perfect balance in work and home lives.
So you see, there is much more to talk about what all makes the office culture tick. According to me, the best “Office Culture” means being at your individual best, in every manner. Because you are the one collectively who decides how others look at your office and talk about your office culture.
So… what do you think about your own “Office culture”? Is it something you are happy with? Or if not, how can we encourage a “Healthy Work Environment”? Let us know in the comments below.
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