Unlike many traditional office strategies, “human-centric” Workplace Inclusion Principles prioritize the unique needs of employees and offer empathetic ways to meet them.
Although human-centric office strategies often clash with archaic assumptions that the “management is always right,” human-centric principles provide innovative ways to unify entire work forces and foster inclusive atmospheres where every employee feels valued. Human-centric strategies actively combat pressing workplace issues such as:
- Low employee retention rates
- Declining workplace moral
- Bullying and interpersonal conflicts
- Lack of employee growth and promotion
Creating a human-centric office atmosphere is easier than many think. By implementing key steps, we can quickly transform our office climate for the better.
Look for Common Issues
If one employee is struggling with a particular issue, at least several others are as well. By actively observing employees and departments for similar employee challenges, we can identify worrisome patterns before they grow. Employee health, personality conflicts, and uncomfortable work spaces are among the most common office challenges. Gather information and discuss recurring issues with Human Resources. The first step to resolving office issues is to quickly and thoroughly identify them. Above all, we must always share our concerns with our employees and colleagues; regularly ask for their input and opinion regarding what challenges they face each day at work.
Invite Brainstorming Sessions and Collaboration
After gathering information and outlining your office’s most pressing issues, invite your work force to “brainstorming sessions.” Host small-scale ones for each department or invite your employees in small, designated groups to ensure organization and minimize the possibility of drama or bullying. Encourage everyone to take part in these sessions and set clear discussion parameters. Discuss the issue thoroughly and welcome possible solutions from each attendee. Although not every potential solution will be used, these problem-solving hubs ensure that employees feels their opinions and needs are valued. Even after immediate issues are solved, continue the principle of these employee “town halls.” Regularly scheduled meetings keep everyone abreast of developing issues and ensure no one is neglected.
Invest in “Human-Friendly” Office Designs and Renovation
In addition to office communication and group problem-solving, take a close look at office lay-out and catalog the pros and cons associated with the furniture, aesthetic, and equipment. What environment do your employees work in? Do they feel comfortable in their work space? What office renovations would encourage greater productivity? Does my office compromise work place health or employee morale in any way? By asking these important questions, we can accurately judge how beneficial our office choices are for our staff.
If looking to make necessary improvements, always invest in ergonomic solutions that prioritize employee health and comfort. Also, consider transforming your office lay-out with modern, “human-friendly” solutions such as communal office space, indoor greenery, movable walls, and natural lighting. By regularly updating office design to meet employee needs, we keep our work space atmosphere fresh and healthy for the future.
Although not every office implements human-centric principles, more and more corporate leaders are recognizing the benefits of this revolutionary office strategy. By proactively creating a more “employee-friendly” work atmosphere, businesses are inadvertently boosting their company’s productivity, moral, and long-range goals.
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