What does a workplace mean to you? Part 2/2

The previous blog just scraped the surface in terms of the benefits and facilities provided at modern-day workplaces. In this article, let’s dive in to some of the other benefits employees gain from working in a modern workplace.

Modern workplaces have adopted a more work-friendly atmosphere when compared to traditional office spaces. A friendly atmosphere at the workplace can boost the creativity and productivity of the employee, resulting in the overall growth of the organisation. These include the option for employees to engage in recreational activity sessions, team outings, and even bring pets into the workplace and much more. Let’s have an in-depth look at some of them:

Growth opportunities

Creative differences are bound to happen at workplaces. However, the way they are dealt with is seeing a massive transformation. Many workplaces have adopted an all-inclusive environment. Organizations are no longer restricted to the hierarchy culture anymore. Employees working at any level have the freedom to share their opinions and ideas freely with their seniors. Communication is becoming a two-way thing, as it should be. This inclusive communication provides massive growth opportunities for individuals and businesses alike. Employees can fearlessly pitch ideas for new products or suggest changes in the workplace environment. Junior employees are no longer restricted to working strictly as per the orders of their seniors. This can result in tremendous growth, especially for new employees, as they can freely explore their creativity and bring in new work methods that can benefit the organisation as a whole.

Equal opportunities for all

Today, equal opportunities are provided to employees at workplaces irrespective of their gender, caste, colour, or sexual identity and preferences. This includes equal wages determined solely on the basis of the talent, potential, and skills of the employees. Incentives and appraisals are also determined by the same criteria. Impartial rules and guidelines are adopted so that every employee is treated fairly by the organisation. An excellent example of this is the introduction of paternity leaves to would-be fathers or new fathers. Earlier, such leaves were only restricted to expecting women in the form of maternity leaves. Such a shift in policies shows a broad-minded approach by modern workplaces.

Workplaces are becoming more open to hiring people from the LGBTQ community. The stigma and dogma attached to the people from these communities are fading away, and workplaces are truly encapsulating an ‘all-inclusive’ environment.

Networking opportunities

Organisations are providing ample networking opportunities to their employees to increase their bonding with co-workers. Short office trips and team lunches are encouraged by employers so that co-workers can get a better understanding of each other on a personal level. This can help increase the productivity of the team overall as employees have a better understanding of each other’s personalities after interacting with each other on such occasions. Thus, work priority and schedule can be discussed and adjusted according to the convenience of the team members easily without friction between team members or hampering the required output. Weekly activities are also gaining prominence at workplaces. These include short, fun games held at workplaces on weekends to provide a relaxing atmosphere and increase interaction between employees. Workplaces are no longer restricted to only work activities but are increasingly becoming a great source for expanding our social circle.

Having pets at workplaces

Work can get stressful sometimes, which can lead to frustration, and this can reduce the productivity of the employee. Thus, many workplaces are allowing employees to bring their pets along to the office. Interaction with pets has shown to reduce cortisol, a stress-related hormone, and also reduce blood pressure. Employees can de-stress and cheer up their mood by interacting with their pets during breaks or during a stressed work period. This ensures that employees can focus on their work and have improved concentration after having a short break with their pets. Thus, pets can serve as a distraction, but in a positive way at workplaces.

Pets can also serve as a means to increase social connections in the workplace. Colleagues can strike a conversation over a pet animal. Introverts or new employees can easily get comfortable talking to other employees by starting a conversation over a pet. Plus, the added benefit of bringing your pet to your office is that you no longer need to leave your loved animal at home alone and can keep him company throughout the day.

So, what does an average employee ask from their workplace? A place where he happily reports every day, where his talent and professionalism are respected. Where his voice his heard and needs are considered. And this is exactly what workplaces are transforming into.

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