We all know what the perfect job is. It’s highly-paid, well-respected, high-profile, intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding. We also know that isn’t our job. We read the career biographies of famous musicians, actors, sports stars, charity crusaders, politicians, celebrities and all-conquering entrepreneur CEOs. We watch people fight for a dream job on The Apprentice. We see people energetically and passionately overcoming obstacles and achieving their ambitions and dreams. And yet we never seem to get to do any of this.
But how do you achieve happiness in the workplace? First of all you have to find a job you love, but often this is not enough. If your offices are depressing, gloomy, dysfunctional and deeply uninspiring – the job you love might sadly become the job you hate. Creativity, hard work and bright ideas come from positive and happy workplace environments where the people are allowed freedom to think, develop and express themselves. It should be a place where they can feel truly worthwhile. So does happiness need to be built-in to the fabric of an office place? Peldon Rose is a very successful award-winning, workplace solutions company that has been dedicated to producing happiness in the workplace for over 25 years. It designs enviable places to work including creating spaces for major brand names and blue-chip companies such as Platina Partners, Google, World Gold Council and Tullow Oil. Fun for them is paramount. They understand that personnel morale can transform a company into a successful business. So here are some top tips from the company in ensuring a happy work environment.
Let yourself go: Be spontaneous and have the right state of mind to enjoy work. Create breakout areas where people can socialise, network, play games, discuss ideas and relax during office hours. At Tullow Oil for example, large seating booths are designed to enjoy a meal or have semi enclosed meetings with a high acoustic property. Each of the pods is totally wrapped in fabric panels forming the seat and back pads as well as the ceiling. They are a complete escapism from the rest of the space and are used throughout the day for informal meetings, as well as catching up with work friends at lunch times
My office desk: hot desking is a good solution for busy offices where space is limited and people come and go but in most working environments, personal desks are a great way of making your employees feel more comfortable when at work. Thanks to smart desk designs, desks can be fitted taking minimal space whilst still providing a friendly and efficient working environment. Places to think: creativity and bright ideas cannot be produced at will but have to be nurtured and encouraged. Positive and calming environments especially designed to facilitate thinking time, with soft colour tones, can facilitate creativity. In the World Gold Council offices an innovation room was created.
Places to breathe: designing green areas in the office where plants can flourish, can be a great morale booster. Parks and green areas have a natural relaxing effect on the human psyche so why not bring some green to the office. Plants can literally bring an office to life by increasing the oxygen levels, purifying the air, and creating a calming, happier and more productive environment.
Places to eat: there is an increasing trend of people having lunch at their desk due to time constraints but also due to lack of space or designated eating areas. This results in workers not taking any breaks with a rise in stress levels and feelings of discomfort. The creation of friendly spaces that offer a change of scenery where employees feel they can take a break from their desk and sit down for a meal is therefore very important and can have a great impact on staff morale.
Lighting: lighting can have a huge effect on people’s moods and productivity and therefore in an office environment it is a very important design factor to get right. When offices are lit too harshly, it can anger people, cause headaches and lead to a lack in creativity or concentration. Aside from appropriate roof lighting, giving people control of their desk lighting can make them feel happier.
Local businesses and job seekers are invited to join in some love-themed fun over morning tea or a barbeque lunch, find out more about Jobfind’s no-cost services and hopefully find a ‘perfect match’ when it comes to the right job candidate or employer. As a provider of the Government’s Job Services Australia program (JSA), Jobfind “shares the love” by offering a range of no-cost employment solutions to both job seekers and employers. This includes exclusive pre-employment training programs to make sure candidates are job-ready, wage subsidies and financial assistance on things like tools, uniforms and licences (where eligible), and ongoing support and mentoring to help retain new employees. You’ve got to love that!
“Investing in people is so much more than providing job training. Companies need to offer the proper environments for employees to work to the best of their ability and to enjoy their day. A workspace that has a wow factor, doesn’t need to be expensive and it can save a company so many costs, from attracting and keeping the best personnel to providing the best base from which to be successful”.