The 3 most common workplace challenges

Published by Paul Drury on 10 February 2015
in Staying compliant, Cleanliness & hygiene, Better bottom line, Staff well-being, Washrooms, Water dispensing, Safety & compliance

Juggling workplace issues with busy day jobs is just one of many problems facing senior managers everywhere, and is often the root of some serious headaches.

Although these problems are a source of annoyance, any manager worth their weight understands the importance of making sure they are addressed.

Failure to do so can result in a negative effect on productivity, business reputation and ultimately, the bottom line.

We hear these problems from businesses every day, so we’ve compiled a quick list of some top grumbles and potential ways of dealing with them quickly and effectively.

Cleanliness

A good level of cleanliness in the workplace is indispensable for many reasons. Most importantly however, cleanliness is key in minimising staff illness and making a strong impression.

Regularly disinfecting work area surfaces is one of the most effective ways of curbing the spread of infection.

Telling employees to wash their hands can be patronising, so making sure that washrooms are fully stocked with soap is a good compromise. It’s also important to make sure all dispensers are in full working order.

An often overlooked area that makes a big difference is the exterior of your premises.

First impressions count, so if visitors or customers are greeted with a poorly maintained or dirty building when they arrive, their impression of your business is already tainted.

Staff morale

Staff morale is a very delicate and complicated beast. Positive morale relies on many factors, some of which will be out of your control.

For all that you do have a say in, it’s important to do your best to keep staff (and yourself) happy. Not doing so can result in an unproductive workforce and ultimately affect your bottom line.

Providing drinking water is a legal requirement, but if staff morale is your concern, the basics aren’t good enough.

A range of hot and cold water facilities and anything else you can afford to offer like tea, coffee and squash will all be greatly appreciated.

If you look at the most successful companies, you’ll usually find a very employee-centric environment is fostered.

Try and think outside the box with your morale improving ideas. Generally though, think along the lines of greater flexibility, more creature comforts and recreation options.

Safety

Making sure that both staff and visitors are safe on your premises ensures that injuries are kept to a minimum and you are protected from legal action.

The quickest way to identify all the risks and hazards is to carry out a site-wide assessment on all fronts. This means in terms of fire and electrical safety, mobility, and response planning.

It is possible to conduct all of these assessments yourself, but you would have to dedicate a lot of time to both research and execution.

Then there is the possibility that you miss something a professional would likely have picked up.

Unless you have the time, skill and resource, consider outsourcing at least the fire and electrical assessment to a professional company. You can usually bundle in any resulting work that is required as well.

Of course, this is just what we hear from our clients. What are your big workplace challenges? Let us know in the comments below.

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by Paul Drury in Staying compliant, Cleanliness & hygiene, Better bottom line, Staff well-being, Washrooms, Water dispensing, Safety & compliance