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How to create a positive working environment

Hayward Hawk’s eight top tips for creating a successful office environment:

When we started out on the Hayward Hawk journey, we pooled our thoughts on how to shape our office environment, which we now know as ‘the Nest’. For a rapid growth company, this is one of the most important aspects of scaling effectively, so we had to get it right.

Okay, you have pizza and beer Fridays, you go on outdoor pursuits weekends, golfing trips away…but what if employees don’t love the space they work in?

Stay organised and keep your space tidy
Whether a CEO or a trainee, we all have paperwork: contracts, forms, training material, scanned documents, stationary etc. Poor organisation impacts motivation, timekeeping and ultimately productivity. Keep a tidy office, keep a tidy personal desk space, and don’t get lazy with document management.

Make it functional, but keep it comfortable
This was our exact approach when designing our office. We wanted to create an environment without limitations on how people work, no matter their style. If you like double screens, using a laptop, being on your feet, taking time out in a break room, or writing on walls, we make allowances and provide the equipment to make it possible. Where is the logic in creating barriers to your employees’ productivity? We bought dual white shiny new screens to use as monitors…not essential, but we love them. And our breakout room? We like to call it “The Hawktagon”.

Encourage collaboration
No matter the shape, layout or size of your office, make sure you have dedicated spaces in which employees can collaborate and be creative. Camaraderie is infectious, and creativity will spawn new ideas. The collaboration should also feed into the wider theory that everyone’s ideas and thoughts will be heard; something which should be reflected in the environment.

Make it a collective
Giving the office a collective feel  is crucial in creating a productive, functional and happy work environment. This is even more true in a start-up environment. Everyone has to buy into the collective idea for it to work. Simple things such as saying thanks and team lunches work wonders; we have our craft beer club every Friday. Lastly, we measure success based on the team’s overall performance and ability to hit targets. Individual targets are important, but we succeed and fail, always as a team.

An office with natural light is a must in our book. Poor lighting can lead to a range of health issues including blurred vision, headaches and eyestrain, none of which are conducive to productivity. On the other hand, a well-lit office can keep your team energised, even past the 4pm slump. For us, the big windows mean that we can play our favourite game: spotting who is coming out of Argos with the most awkwardly shaped parcel.

Make training a priority
The vast majority of employees want to excel and perform well. As employers, we need to provide the right tools for success, meaning training is crucial. It might be extreme to have a corporate university like Facebook or the famous McDonald’s Hamburger University, but structure is key. There needs to be a clear communication of goals and a consistency with sessions, rather than the more commonly found sporadic and haphazard approach. Luckily, we have access to some of the best personalised recruitment training through Recruitment Guide.

Consider some perks
Pretty self-explanatory. Employees love being treated like they are the best, and often this leads to them performing like they are. Here are some of the best perks out there:

Always start a Monday morning with a themed quiz. ALWAYS
So far we have covered recruitment, US presidents, Irish history, wine, James Caan CBE, DB Cooper, capital cities, Olympic history, emerging technologies, UFC… It may not directly improve our recruitment skills, but we make a top pub quiz team!

By Anthony Stuart, Associate Director, Hayward Hawk.

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