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How to Build a Humane Workplace?

by Jody Ordioni

How to Build a Humane Workplace?

In the growing digital age, where computers and virtual chatrooms are replacing real-time interactions, workplaces are increasingly feeling mechanical. It is not easy to make workplaces more humane in this age. However, businesses that tap into the soul of their employees are likely to receive greater loyalty from the employees. Here are a few steps that you can take to make working hours more enjoyable:

Ensure that Process Doesn't Hold Back Collaboration

The process is the foundational stone on which the edifice of business stands. Process, in itself, as an entity is not problematic or wrong. In fact, an argument can be made that it is the single most important thing that drives effectiveness and efficiency in any organization.

However, a counterargument also suggests that excessively systemizing the workplace can have an adverse effect on the well-being of your employees. By rendering your business model, a monolith, you are actively harming your employees. Your company is not a machine and your employees are definitely not cogging, in the said machine. They cannot keep on working tirelessly, bound by stifling conditions.

Micromanaging your staff and calling it process does more harm than good. Employees have to be provided with a platform to showcase their individual creativity. If you want to harness the individual creativity of your employees, while also building team spirit, then collaboration is the best way forward.

Forming teams and then allowing them to work flexibly to approach solutions will foster a great sense of team spirit. A workplace environment that lays emphasis on team building and interpersonal relationships is a good workplace to be in.

The flexibility of Roles and Responsibilities

Business leaders would like to believe that they are in control of the circumstances in the company always, however, that is seldom the case. Nowhere is this more apparent than when a new hire does not turn out as per their prediction. The perfect employee is often a myth. The hidden strengths and weaknesses of your employees are the reason why it is important to ensure that the staff is agile and flexible.

The needs of a company change on a day-to-day basis. The staff of the company is talented enough to tackle these challenges through the different prisms of perspectives they bring to the discussion table. To tackle any arising challenge, it is imperative to bring the right people to the table first and then decide what role they are going to fulfill to reach to a solution.

By imparting responsibility to other employees, you are engaging all facets of their knowledge and personality. This allows them to reinvent their roles in the company and help in problem-solving. People are talented in multiple fields and utilizing their potential in new ventures can also reinvigorate your company.

Acknowledge that Employees Have Lives Outside of Work

Each and every employee does not subscribe to the same ideals of marrying their work or treating their projects as their babies. In fact, many employees have actual spouses and children that they need to take care of. Humanizing the workplace means that employees have to be seen as people, firstly. No one is asking you to go snooping around, however, effective and responsible leaders ensure that they are acquainted with the going-on in their employee's life, especially if the event is significant. Forming bonds with your employees results in better loyalty, engagement, and even productivity.

This becomes even more important now that technology is becoming more incorporated in the workplace and the pandemic has shifted the office to a virtual space. Bear in mind that employees are more than the display box in Zoom chats. They are creative individuals and if their individuality is not acknowledged, they might move to other opportunities.

Instead of bearing the brunt of this disengagement, you can retain employees by letting employees collaborate, being more flexible in the workspace, and recognizing the major life events of employees.

The Bottom Line

The cost of losing out on employees is immense, and as it stands only 34% of employees feel engaged with the work they are doing. Recognizing the worth of your employees is a step to bettering this statistic. Employees are not just workers and should be seen as people first. Work environments have to be made more human.

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