The tech revolution and the digital boom has transformed work over the past few decades. Mass production and globalization has led organizations to scale resulting in a decreasing connect with the workforce. Poor work conditions are often stereotyped to be associated with manual labor or blue-collar jobs. In reality, these are the industries where organizations are making efforts to ensure improved working conditions, government regulations and union movements are huge contributing factors for this change.
It is the traditional “9-5” jobs which have been overlooked as they are usually considered to be cushy and comfortable. Increasing work hours, mounting pressure and looming deadlines all put together have been eroding the quality of life over time. As the impact of this unhealthy work style is quite subtle and takes time to manifest, it is often ignored. Today, a magnitude of chronic mental and physical ailments can be easily traced back to the work environment or work induced stress. Even the new age workforce has become a driving force for change. with increasing emphasis on fitness both physical and psychological, organizations are investing in revamping their work culture to improve employee engagement and reduce attrition rate. So, without further ado, lets dive into the ways organizations have been making their facilities more human centric.
Probably one of the most basic yet significant means to introduce the human element into the workspace is to give recognition to work done well. It is seen to be most effective when coming from an immediate superior. This simple step not only boosts employee morale but improves interpersonal relationships as well.
- Trust and Autonomy
A happy workplace is never an accident; it is a carefully fostered environment based on trust and autonomy. While giving recognition is needed, it is just as important to provide leeway for mistakes. Providing autonomy in work can be tricky but essential. It spurs employees to innovate and develop solutions spurring organizational development aligned with personal growth. It also makes the employee more involved with the organization, further decreasing attrition rate.
- Awareness programs
Organizing and conducting awareness programs focusing on improving mental and physical health of the employee in their workplace can go a long way in empowering them to work better. Programs about meditation techniques and how to incorporate mini workout regimens in the day to day life can seem insignificant at first but have been shown to be extremely effective in the long run. Many corporations today have chosen to introduce gyms, yoga rooms and so on in their facility itself for the benefit of their employees.
Apart from the changes incorporated in the culture of the organizations, there are also innovations in the tangible office structure. With more vibrant interiors and meticulously chosen color schemes, careful thought is put into choosing palettes that can subconsciously improve the mindset and mood of the professionals working there.
- Flexible work
What started as an incentive to attract new talent has now become an innovative way to manage manpower and optimize output. By replacing the traditional clock in system and encouraging employees to work for a set number of hours instead, organizations have reduced the commuting expenses as well as avoided crowding in facilities. Work from home is another flexi working options that organizations have chosen to adopt to attract and retain the new age workforce. This growing trend has been shown to significantly reduce the number of absences over time.
With time, organizations are acknowledging the importance of bringing back the human touch in their operations and treating their employees as unique individuals rather than just a resource. Adding to this trend, there is a surge in popularity of coworking spaces as they provide the necessary aesthetics and technological support to ease the work life, enabling organizations to purely focus on their output. Work-life balance no longer means balancing life with work, today it has become the art of bringing back life into work and has become the need of the hour.