If you work the average 9am-5pm job, you spend mo of your day at work than you do at home. Therefore, the tone of your work environment not only frames how your work day is going to go, but also how your day in general will go. Numerous studies have found that the work environment is the most important factor that contributes to overall employee satisfaction. Aside from employee satisfaction, work atmosphere can also affect job performance. Poor work atmosphere can not only slow down productivity, but it can increase unwillingness to work well with others, weaken work ethic, and increase the thought of resigning from the organization. However, in positive work atmospheres, not only does productivity increase, but people are more likely to make less mistakes. So what separates a good work environment from a bad one?

Team Unity
Positive work atmospheres will almost always have a strong sense of team unity. What does team unity look like? Examples of a team unity include but are not limited to participating in team-bonding activities willingly, celebrate each others’ birthdays or other big life events, etc. When you feel like you are not just working for yourself, but for other people that you care about, you’re more likely to want to perform better.

Effective Communication
There is a very important difference between communication and effective communication. Organizations that have effective communication are not only perceptive to whatever message is sent to them, but also take action based on whatever the received message is. After this, the receiver will then communicate with the message sender to continue the never-ending communication loop. Effective communicators also deliver messages with the applicable and appropriate tone needed. By ensuring messages are clear while also being delivered in a direct yet pleasant manner, teams are less likely to miscommunicate or resent each other.

There’s no greater catalyst of positivity than recognition. When supervisors or even peers take the time to reflect and note the accomplishments of one, it tells that person that their work is not unnoticed. In fact, it tells that person that they are being observed and acknowledged for putting extra effort into something. By receiving recognition, employees are more likely to want to continue their efforts to keep working hard. For those who do not receive recognition while others do, perhaps that individual will hold themselves accountable and work harder in order to meet the work ethic of others. Positivity, like negativity, is contagious, and recognition is a great way to spread it throughout your work atmosphere.

If you notice that your workspace is missing one or more of these components, don’t despair! All of these can be kickstarted by your efforts to improve your work atmosphere! By setting an example for others, you are already increasing your chances of improving your environment. Generally, people want to like the place they work in. You may be surprised on how much your fellow peers will appreciate you taking initiative!