Why is working environment so imporant?
Well, the simple answer to this question is that it has a
huge impact on a company’s profits. If a profitable
organization is important to you then you should pay careful
attention to your company's working environment. This is
just one of the reasons why working environment is so
Another reason for its importance is that it influences an employee’s well-being to a very high degree. From a corporate standpoint, depending on how you understand and manage working environment you can either increase the profitability and competitiveness of your company or you can risk being potentially sued and/or losing money through lack of employee engagement and reduced productivity, absenteeism and so on.
The funny thing about working environment is that depending
on which path you choose you will either receive all of the
positive effects or all of the negative effects. There seems
to be no middle ground in regards to working environment. In
practice, this means that you can choose to have very
satisfied employees, a good working environment and higher
productivity and profits or you can choose to have very
unsatisfied employees, a bad working environment
and the chance of litigation and resultant lower profits.
So what is your choice going to be?
The choice shouldn't be that hard, but it does seem to be the case that in the real world the choice is hard. As a result, many companies choose not to focus on working environment and even more companies continue to associate and do business with vendors and subcontractors who operate under a bad working environment.
What Exactly Is Working Environment?
|working environment is practically everything that influences the workplace, ranging from physical elements which can include equipment, buildings, air quality, desks, computers and so on. It is also about emotional and psychological elements such as work enjoyment (psychic pleasure), the meaningfulness of the work, stress levels, the level or intensity of power harassment, ability to influence one's work, predictability, perceived fairness and so on. There are a lot of elements that together form working environment experienced by each employee. Some elements are common to all employees while other elements are or can be different from one employee to another.|
What Is The Impact Of The Working Environment?
As previously mentioned, working environment has a huge
impact, either positive or negative, on a variety of
elements which impact the company's productivity and
financial performance. For instance, good working
environment can have an impact on employees, so they feel
strong loyalty to the company, or they feel that they want
to give it their all. Better working environment means more
responsible employees and more engaged employees. If the
working environment is experienced positively, the company
might even avoid law suits from employees who would have
filed a law suit if the working environment was bad through
the goodwill that has been established. On the other hand,
bad working environment often results in stress,
frustrations and uncertainty leading to less engagement and
thus less productive employees. In the worst case bad
working environment can result in direct negative income for
Which Working Environment Elements Have The Largest Impacts?
|Well, this is very difficult to say. It depends very much on what the employee’s experiences of the present working environment are. However, in many countries, improvement of the mental working environment has been demonstrated to have an extremely good effect on the working environment, and best of all, it doesn't even cost much to improve it! In many cases there are no good reasons NOT to improve the mental working environment. And if we ignore it, it can be very costly in both human suffering and financial losses or hits.|
How Do You Identify Those Areas That Will Yield The Greatest ROI For The Lowest Capital Investment?
As company, there is no doubt that you want to keep the cost
of any improvements as low as possible especially given the
current economic situation. However, the good news is that
you actually have all the information necessary to make
these improved right now, within your own company. The
persons who knows the most about your working environment is
your very own employees. Therefore, the very best way of
finding the most cost-effective way of improving
your working environment is actually to poll your own staff members to share their honest opinions.
|As simple as it sounds, this can be a very difficult task and although it varies from country to country, we have found that usually the worse the working environment becomes, the more difficult it is to receive honest opinions on the working environment from the employees. The reason is that often they are simply afraid to be identified as the one individual complaining about a certain issue. Even in companies with excellent or fairly good working environment, employees can be very reticent about being fully honest about what they want improved, as there are always risks associated for any employee who would be bold enough to criticize the current working environment. At least until now.|
One Solution: Roukan.com / Roukan.jp
|Roukan.com provides an opportunity for your employees to give their completely honest opinions about the different aspects of your company's working environment. They don’t have to worry that their responses will be associated with them and then passed on to the company so they can be honest and introspective. We collect the survey response and then analyze and summarize the responses into powerful but anonymized charts. This way, it is easy for everyone to see where the problem lies while ensuring that an individual cannot be identified. Further, we will find the critical issues that are mentioned again and again by more than one individual and from it suggest improvements for your company.|
|There is a world of difference in what the results will yield depending on whether you focus on what a consultant tells you he thinks the problem is and what the actual workers tells you the problem is. Roukan.com supplies you with the highest quality information as it comes from the very source of the people experiencing the working environment in your company on a daily basis.|