Balance in the workplace

In any organisation, establishing a strong, healthy balance amongst managers and employees is crucial to developing a positive, collaborative, and productive work force.
There are a few simple methods businesses can adopt in order to achieve this balance and consequently create a significantly better working environment that facilitates enhanced performance for both the individual and the organisation as a whole. We’ve listed a few below for you to try:

Recognise/developing employee strengths

In order to get the most out of your employees, managers need to accurately assess what each individual person is good at. Doing this will allow managers to empower employees by allocating them with tasks they know they will thrive at, which will also instil confidence and a greater sense of worth within the team. As long as tasks and overall company expectations are clearly expressed, managers can then essentially let their employees get on with the jobs they do well without having to nag or intervene. People typically tend to flourish when utilising their strengths, and so allowing for this will help to create a positive, effective flow of both individual and team performance. Furthermore, aligning employee strengths with the pursuit of challenging yet meaningful goals will also help optimise overall team output.

Strengthscope offer a unique, professional strength based assessment services that helps organisations to identify and optimise the abilities of employees, thus assisting them to achieve peak performance levels.

Divide, but stay as one.

Though this may sound contradictory, it actually makes perfect sense. The appropriate division of labour is a fundamental part of achieving optimal efficiency, productivity and performance. Once you have identified the strengths of each individual staff member, you then need to assign each associate to the role that sufficiently supports his or hers skill-set. This consequently creates departments that are responsible for a given area of the business. Additional departments can then be formulated within the departments themselves; thus allowing for a well-balanced framework that facilitates equal contribution throughout the entire company. Now although departments may technically be separate, it is vital that managers ensure they are all working together, as one unified force, to achieve business objectives.

Develop employee relationships

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts! A good workplace balance cannot be obtained without building sound relationships amongst all employees. Cultivating a strong sense of team chemistry and synergy is key to effective communication, happiness and overall productivity. A few good examples to help achieve this are:

  • Brainstorming sessions – this can be among specific departments or even involve everyone in the organisation. Group sessions like this can be a fun way of nurturing creativity and bringing staff together to share their ideas on a particular project or problem.
  • Staff meetings – this perhaps could consist of the more serious, pressing matters within the business and would encourage the involvement of all employees in important business decisions.
  • Team-bonding activities/social outings – this is another fun way of encouraging team integration and friendships among staff, which can be critical to creating a positive workplace balance.
  • Introduce flexible working hours – If this is appropriate for your business, try it out. It goes a long way in winning over staff appreciation and happiness if they are given a higher degree of flexibility with their working day.

Create a shared vision

You need to ensure everyone in your organisation is on the same page in regard to the aims, goals and general direction of the company. Your key strategic vision should be strongly portrayed so that your employees will learn to embody it and become fully aligned with your organisation’s mission. This encourages frequent communication, which is highly beneficial for any type of workforce, and also reduces the likelihood of any conflict or confusions between employees, or even clients.

If you would like to improve the balance in your workplace and enhance your business strengths then our range of strengths assessments are a great tool to use in order to bring to light existing strengths that can be optimised and worked with efficiently. To discuss your options please call 020 8944 0289.