With 21% of employees in the United Kingdom being set goals by their managers, it’s clear that personal development is on the minds of many in the professional industry. While goal setting can be a great way to do so, it’s important to keep in mind that there are even more ways to achieve maximum potential in the office. Encouraging workers to take individual responsibility can make for a large step in the right direction when it comes to creating the ideal workplace culture.
The importance of self-improvement
In many ways, self-improvement is the driving force behind a successful career. This is because it not only allows employees to do their jobs to the fullest by providing the necessary resources like motivation, energy, and a positive attitude, but it also helps to develop professional growth. This can prove to be especially important in the workplace, as attributes like attitude and work ethic reflect on others. Ultimately, this makes self-improvement a key factor in cultivating the ideal work environment. Creating such a workplace culture by encouraging employees to take responsibility is the perfect way to start – and there are several ways to do so.
Implementing helpful resources in the workplace can assist employees with setting and achieving their professional goals, becoming more productive, and reducing workplace stress – all while being effective in encouraging individual responsibility. Doing so can prove to be essential for cultivating responsibility in the workplace. It’s inevitable that your employee population will experience stressful situations throughout their careers, which can ultimately lead to burnout and poor mental health. In fact, a study done by Gallup showed that 23% of 7,500 employees reported feeling burned out all the time or very often at work. In circumstances like these, taking the responsibility to step back and take time off when needed and encouraging them to do the same can be a great strategy for staying mentally well and fit for the job. For that reason, it’s important to create a work atmosphere where employees are encouraged and empowered to do so.
While there are several ways to encourage workers to take the responsibility for taking a break, one of the most effective (and unique) ways to do so is by providing a space in the office for employees to take a creative break. Whether it be by holding art workshops, facilitating exercises that involve drawing self-portraits as a route to self-exploration and empathy, or even just a lounge that has different creative activities available (such as meditative adult colouring books), your employees are sure to relieve stress and recognise the importance of taking a break. Not only that, but you’re sure to notice a difference in overall work performance and morale as well. However, in order to do this, it’s necessary to implement a more casual work environment to encourage the development of this ethos and make employees more comfortable to take time away from their desks. This can easily be done through promoting a relaxed atmosphere by encouraging frequent and open communication among coworkers and supervisors.
Accountability in the workplace
Taking responsibility is perhaps one of the best ways for employees to self-improve both personally and professionally. Having accountability for their actions and behaviour can build trust, while also allowing for them to turn their mistakes into learning experiences – thus resulting in professional growth and encouraging personal responsibility. In the workplace, this can be achieved by making consequences and rewards well known, setting expectations, and having a more casual atmosphere. In doing so, you’re sure to create the ideal work environment by establishing an honest, supportive and trusting culture.
Self-improvement is a wonderful way to grow professionally for each worker, and it can bring many benefits to the office. Taking responsibility is a valuable way to develop, and can be done in many ways – whether it be through implementing a creative lounge or creating a more casual work environment.