Maintaining productivity within the workplace is something we all strive for, but is much easier said than done. External sources of pressure like finances, toxic work environments, and constant deadlines can greatly hinder one’s progress within an office. As a business leader, creative a positive, flourishing work environment in which employees enjoy being a part of should be an essential part of your strategy.

A work environment (office or not) in which people want to work is one that will most likely see more success in comparison to dreary, uninspiring workplaces. The following are just a few strategies you can implement that may help your team of employees adopt more positive mindsets, translating to increased productivity.

Know Your Employees’ Strengths

Thrusting employees into assignments that may be way over their heads is a surefire way to have them dread coming into work. Learn and understand what every different employees’ strengths and weaknesses might be. Allow some of your staff members to act in overlapping roles, or act as pseudo-trainers for their less experienced peers. This can promote a much better sense of collaboration, as well as potential newfound interests within your employees.

Be Flexible

A strict 8-5 work schedule is common today, but holding employees to impossible standards of never being a minute late or leaving a minute early can create a great amount of disdain for your business. Pressure to complete a given day’s tasks in a set amount of time can overwhelm any individual. Find a compromise between you and your employees so that they can work for you, but by their schedules. Allowing staff members to work remotely when necessary, or coming in later and making up for lost time is the definition of flexible management.

Consider the Literal Atmosphere

The actual design of an office can have an enormous effect on an employee’s mood, performance, and efficiency. Consider the fact that your workplace is where they spend most of their time during the week. Make it an inviting environment. The lighting, furnishings, bathrooms, and more all play a role into how an individual views a certain environment. While this may seem like personal preference, simply designing a clean yet engaging workplace is seen as aesthetically pleasing to most people.

Always remember that your company’s success is relative to the atmosphere in which people work. One that fosters collaboration, thoughtfulness, and serenity is a workplace that many people would aspire to be in, translating directly to increased levels of productivity.