Employee comfort includes everything from work space design to the emotional tension in the company. While you may not think that your employee’s comfort is all that important, it can also greatly impact your bottom line. If you want to boost productivity, minimize turnover rates and increase job satisfaction in your company then take a closer look at your employees’ comfort.
The easiest element to evaluate for employee comfort is going to be their workspaces. In order for a workspace to be functional and comfortable it needs to be adjusted to fit the physical and psychological needs of each employee. To start with you can make small adjustments to the work equipment that the employee has to use. These adjustments include raising or lowering keyboard trays, finding larger or smaller chairs to fit the height and weight of the employee, providing foot rests for shorter employees and adding an anti-glare screen to computers.
Distraction levels in a workspace can also impact an employee’s comfort and their ability to do work. Employees with sensory disabilities and learning disabilities in particular need their workspace adjusted so that there are fewer auditory and visual distractions. For example, employees with hearing problems need a workspace that is insulated from outside noise. This can be accomplished by giving them a workspace that is away from office machines or that has a door that can be shut to block outside noise.
Temperature is another issue that can be adjusted to improve workspace comfort. The workspace needs to be warm but not hot. Temperatures set at between 73 and 75 degrees F usually are the most comfortable for employees. If your employees work outside you can provide them with individual cooling devices or ensure that there is a shady place for them to take a break in during their shift. If your office is located in a cold region of the country you can also offer space heaters to employees who need a little extra warmth during the coldest times of the month. This added comfort can be very helpful for employees that have arthritis or joint problems that are impacted by the cold.
The emotional comfort that an employee feels at work greatly impacts their dedication to the company, their job satisfaction and their productivity. Things that make a work environment hostile, such as employee conflicts, poor management and harassment, will increase your turnover rates, increase the employment practice lawsuits filed against your company and decrease your productivity. It is because of this that you need to make sure your work environment is not hostile. This can be accomplished by ensuring that communication is open in your company, that harassment is dealt with quickly and effectively and that employee conflicts and management conflicts are moderated by a professional.