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Healing Your Workplace: Powerful Prescriptions to Improve Employee Attitudes

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Provide growth and development programs for employees, such as “brownbag learning.”

Most employees want the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge so they don’t feel stagnant. Information provided by outside experts will help them on their jobs and in their lives and can serve these needs. Providing lunchtime seminars and workshops on topics such as stress and anger management, enhanced wellness, and clear communication enhances organizational effectiveness and improves work quality. Providing free college courses after work in your company is also a wonderful benefit for employees.

Provide a variety of planned and spontaneous employee-recognition events.

It’s a no-brainer for companies to provide the best possible service for their customers and clients, but they often forget that their most important assets—their employees—need the same. Why not make your staff feel as valued as your customers? By acknowledging their efforts, not just their productivity, you can increase employee satisfaction, morale and self-esteem.

Examples of providing recognition include:

  • Give unpredictable rewards, such as movie tickets and gift certificates.
  • Create a volunteer committee from across different departments to plan special events.
  • Provide free, healthful lunch options for employees to encourage them to stay in the office during lunch hours.
  • List the births, birthdays and other news of interest about employees in the monthly newsletter. Have the CEO or president send out personalized cards to the families listed in the newsletter each month.
  • Encourage friendly competition off the job, such as bowling and softball leagues, and post pictures and results around the work sites.

 Provide a warm, accepting and fun workplace atmosphere.

If you want your employees to look forward to Monday mornings, create an atmosphere that includes fun and camaraderie. Acknowledging employee needs and allowing talent and creativity to flourish will keep employees motivated and happy. 

Examples of providing an accepting workplace include:

  • Have a “whine and geeze” area where employees can go to melt away stress.
  • Inject funny quotes and cartoons into company memos.
  • Have positive parties funded by negative people (every time a colleague is overheard making a negative comment, he puts 50 cents into a kitty).
  • Have monthly theme contests for which goofy prizes are awarded.
  • Have a surprise treat day once a month, such as having the manager serve the employees bags of popcorn, or ice-cream bars, etc.

If you begin to employ these five potent strategies into your self-storage workplace, you will see amazing results.

Jack Singer is a licensed industrial, organizational and clinical psychologist as well as a professional speaker, management coach and trainer. Singer trains everyone from CEOs and human resources professionals to elite athletes throughout the world. He is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, Fox Sports and numerous sports talk radio shows across the United States and Canada. He is also the author of The Teacher’s Ultimate Stress Mastery Guide. E-mail him at

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