By: Kat Crucena (Virtual Coworker- Recruitment Specialist)
Did you know that on average, employees spend a total of 90,360 hours of their lives working? That’s a lot of time! A 40-hour workweek can feel like a lifetime if there’s no harmony in the workplace. When there’s friction between employees,
this may lead to low morale, diminished work productivity, and unprofessional behavior. The good news is, there are many ways to promote harmony in the workplace. Some of the simple things every employee can do are as follows:
First, Say Thank You. These two little words may be the most powerful when it comes to creating happiness and harmony. May it be big or small wins, people will feel valued if we take time to acknowledge their accomplishments. So, let’s offer a genuine Thank You every day.
Second, Keep an Open-Door Policy. Be open to suggestions, complaints, or discussions without judgment. We should understand individual differences and realize that everyone has their own way of looking at things. By listening, we can understand what others see from their point of view instead of our own. Early conflicts can be resolved when people are able to
express their feelings openly.
And Third, Create a Team Environment. Aside from holding regular meetings, it’s also nice to get outside of the stressful workplace and have fun together with the team. We should take our work seriously but engaging in team-building activities (virtual or physical) once in a while will help build harmony and create opportunities to connect with each other. We will be happily surprised to discover new things about our colleagues.
“Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.” (John C. Maxwell, 2002)