Working is something many of us hate. We have to drag ourselves out of bed every morning and force ourselves to go to work where we are buried under piles of documents and our In-tray is always full. Not something we all look forward to. The cubicle is too small, the work is too tedious and the meetings are drop dead boring as if conducted in a foreign (or rather alien) language. The only thing we can look forward to is the lunch break and if the cafeteria is horrible well say good bye to that as well. We count the hours and minutes until it’s time to go home and start packing our bags at least an hour before the due time to check-out from work at hotels with conference rooms. Mondays are practically the worst nightmare and Fridays feel like you have won a lottery or something.
The above is an example of how a work place should not feel like to an employee. And if they feel like this then it is probably your problem as the employer. Sure some people may dislike the work due to their personality traits and preferences but if almost half of your staff feels like this then it is surely your problem. You must work out ways that will help the work environment look interesting and fun. This is no easy feat let me warn you of that but it will be worth the difficulties you go through to achieve that.
Think of innovative ways to make work interesting. Put yourself in their shoes and think “what would I like my work place to be like?”, “what are the things that will interest me?”, “how do I want my bosses to treat me?” so on and so forth. If you have no idea then simply ask them. They will first say everything is fine just the way it is but later on once they get comfortable with you they will tell you what they think the office is lacking. If you are this dictator boss everyone kind of fear then it is a good idea for you to have a suggestion box where ideas could be put in anonymously.
Refurbish the environment with comfortable office equipment and easy access to things that they daily use. Have a recreation area where they can take a break and revamp their systems. If there is a cafeteria then make sure the food is absolutely great (good food can make all the difference in the world). Don’t keep your meetings in the same old board room. It will bore your employees to bits. Change of scenery is good for the eye and the mind. There are best dim sum in Bangkok available in nice and quaint places overlooking a scenic landscape. They are not that expensive if you know where to look. You can just google online and find a good venue with ease. Also after the meeting you can gave a quick recreation time for the employees and employers to mingle in a fun activity. You can also use that time for an outdoor team building activity which would be like killing two birds with one stone.