The modern workplace is ever evolving—and it’s important that your workspaces reflect that. Whether it be a structural change to your office space, a new strategy, or a reorientation of your team goals, change begins with personal awareness and growth. Be proactive about your work and your workplace and figure out what’s working for you and what could use some improvement. Then capitalize on those changes and embrace the opportunities that await.
Identify Room for Change
Sensing the need for change is important. Make sure to listen to yourself and your team — how do you feel about going to work, doing your work, after work? Make note of these feelings. Are you frustrated, angry, depressed? Try to find that self-awareness. While it might be something out of your control, like a bad boss or difficult coworker, strategizing for yourself on how to control yourself and what decisions you make creates change in your life.
How do you feel physically when working? Sore muscles, back pain, tight shoulders, grinding teeth? Taking time to acknowledge your health and creating an environment with even small changes can help your workday improve.
Embrace Change in the Office
Incorporating personal change is only one component of change within the workplace. Learning to include others in the change, finding new ways to help the business, collaborating, strategizing, and creating opportunities not just for yourself, but for your co-workers is also an important step.
Monitor your reactions to situations and to your interactions with people in the workplace. Listen to the feedback from your clients or customers, your co-workers, and your boss. Remember that in modern business, everyone has an opportunity to be heard. Don’t shy away from suggesting a change to your co-workers or boss, and don’t be afraid to implement it when you have the go-ahead. Critiques and feedback are one of the most essential parts of communication in the modern world.
Monitor Change and Capitalize on Opportunities
Monitor the changes you’re making in the office. How have they improved your space and work? Has it changed it at all? Deepen your awareness and make notes of what has changed. Be as detailed as possible. The more you do it, the easier it will become.
Do your best to identify the roots of the problems within the space. The fact is, you’re not going to be able to change everything about your office, but remember that just changing one thing is a step in the right direction. Something as simple as creating a new workflow system or setting up a recycling bin can spur major improvements. It shows that you care about your space. When you show that you care, your coworkers and clients will be inspired to make changes to their own lives.
Cultural changes are constant too. Paying attention to the economy, technology, and hot button topics can be great opportunities to implement change into your business. What is it about the world right now that you can harness into personal or public change? Recognize how other businesses are growing. Do they have a new way to monetize their product? How can you use that to your advantage?
What To Do Next
Luckily, there’s a lot of research being conducted on workplace effectiveness and how different physical setups affect humans mentally and physically. Do some research of your own and reach out to different people in order to seek improvements in your well-being and your workspace. While always keeping an eye on yourself, don’t forget to include the others around you. In the end, the workplace needs to be a pleasant and collaborative environment for all.
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