Everyone experiences some great work environments and some bad work environments. But, most of the times, you choose your own work environment. This is to say that you yourself pick the organisation and you know if you can work in such an environment. Additionally, if you join a start-up, the work environment is still in its formation and you can contribute a lot to its making.
However, why does it matter?
This is because you can almost always build an environment for yourself. The first step is to choose the right company, organisation or start-up to work with. If in case you miss this one due to any circumstance, you can always build a healthy environment for yourself by working smartly, never letting your productivity get affected and raising your voice when you should.
Why Work Environment Matters?
Your work environment matters because a bad environment can sour your mood just like spoiled food. Sooner or later, you start giving in to this bad mood and become less productive and more stressed. Here are the reasons why your work environment matters.
• Work environment affects your mental as well as physical health because if you are not happy, you become more stressed which impacts your physical health.
• A healthy work environment gives people a lot of opportunities for work, and naturally, a happy environment automatically encourages people to take up new projects and learn new things.
• A positive work environment enables teamwork which makes achieving goals easier.
• Lastly, work environment greatly influences our lives in general because we spend a large portion of our day in the office. If this environment is bad, you can't cheer up your mood during other times either.
What Elements Of Your Work Environment Influence You?
There are mainly two elements that can influence your life at work - trends and people.
• People include every person you interact with. Your immediate manager, your team members, your colleagues, people who sit with you and your boss's boss. If even a single person in the system is toxic, it can lead to a bad work environment. This is because you talk to these people daily and you are with them for almost 9 hours a day. A huge amount of time with people who are not promoting a good work environment is harmful.
• Trends that are already there in the office can also influence you. Let's say if the hierarchy is strictly followed in your office, and even in case of an emergency, it is hard to reach or coordinate with another team, this will create a stress-filled environment. When workplaces promote political structure or allow politics to take over departments, the environment becomes destructive.
How Can You Evaluate Work Environment?
You can figure out if the work environment is favourable for you or not. Let's see how.
• Whenever you interview for any position in an organisation, closely monitor the work culture around. If you have doubts, you can ask the HR whether you can talk to the manager or your assigned team lead. By talking to these people, you can not only understand the work clearly but you can also analyse if you can work with this team lead or manager.
• Go to LinkedIn and check the company profile, try reaching some ex-employees or current employees because there is no one better than them to truly explain what type of work environment the company has.
• After joining, the only thing you can do is stay positive. Always stay motivated, don't get influenced, and never leave your work. Adhere to deadlines and realise that your work is essential to the system.
• Additionally, if you face toxic people, then stay away from them and be bold so that no one can hinder with your work.
• One thing that nobody teaches freshers is that you can always raise a voice and say no to things you do not like. If you are not okay with how your team members treat you or how you are being pushed to do someone else's work, you can always say no to this.
You can evaluate your work environment in two ways. First, try choosing the correct company before joining, and second, promote healthy values after joining.