How to Create the Most Effective Work Culture Environment in Sydney

How to Create the Most Effective Work Culture Environment in Sydney

Sam Bowden

Looking to create the most effective work culture environment in Sydney? That’s a big ask, considering Sydney is a huge city with literally tens of thousands of offices. Letting your work vibe sour is a slippery slope, and it’s important to stay on top of the office culture to make sure it keeps producing results, and your employees are happy chappies. 

Corporate team building activities are a good place to start, but how do you build on them so their momentum can carry through to the day-to-day drummings of office life? Allow us here at ClassBento to assist you in creating the greatest work culture environment Sydney has ever seen, where the prize is a better office vibe, and pats on the back for being the world’s greatest boss. Because when you win, you’re whole team wins! We’ve compiled a list of typical office scenarios below, and how you can turn them to your advantage with a few easy team bonding activities.

Scenario 1: The burnt-out office

It’s been a stressful period at work and your staff are at their wit’s end. The tiredness is oozing out of their pores, and you’re about two hours of overtime away from the accounts department setting fire to the copy machine. 

Solution:

Creating a good office culture is about maintaining the health of your employees before they reach breaking point. Just like adding water to a car’s engine; if not properly cared for and appreciated then it just might blow up in your face. Managing stress is crucial to maintaining a healthy work culture environment and our Sydney workshops have plenty of ways to aid in your team building events. 

Our corporate Tai Chi classes are fantastic for office team building activities and can come directly to you, providing a great way for staff to unwind during busy periods. Making Tai Chi an integral part of your work environment has proven to lead to a decrease in absenteeism, interpersonal tension, and overall stress among employees. Running weekly opt-in Tai Chi classes in your office is a good way to let your staff know you understand the stress they’re going through, without putting pressure on them to participate. By giving them the flexibility of choice, you’ll help them. Also, don’t forget to tell people you appreciate them. It’s nice to feel noticed. 

 

Scenario 2: The office is looking stale

You walk into your office one morning, look around and realise: holy guacamole, the aesthetics in here need a revamp! No wonder the staff are flat, everything in here is drab! How can I shake up the workplace aesthetic?

Solution:

Astro-turf in the break room ain’t gonna cut it here, kid. In a recent study by Forbes magazine, over 87 per cent of employees questioned said they would like their current employer to improve their workspace and offer a healthier space to work in. In other mindboggling statistics, work environments that contain plants and greenery have 40 per cent less reported conflicts amongst staff. Creating a good office environment culture starts with how the office looks. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do this bit on your own!

Corporate team activities in Sydney can have long-lasting benefits if the staff have visual reminders of the event, and our terrarium building workshops tick all those boxes! Being exposed to plants and engaging with your green thumb has proven links to stress reduction and reducing anxiety. Get the team bonding activities sorted with a terrarium class, all for the purpose of redecorating the workspace! This will not only give them each an individual sense of accomplishment but will make them feel part of a team. Redecorating the office with the staff is a surefire way to make everyone feel included. Also, don’t forget to tell people you appreciate them. It’s nice to feel needed.

 

Scenario 3: Staff reshuffle

So you’ve had to make some staff changes, and tension lays thick in the air. Although the rest of the staff know they’re safe, familiar faces have disappeared, and new faces can really shift a dynamic. Through no fault of you’re own, you’re also not the most popular person right now. How, oh how, do we reverse this?

Solution:

Look, you can’t reverse it. When you have to let people go, the change in the office environment - whether positive or negative - is inevitable, regardless of your best-laid team building activities. It’s all about how you respond to potential suspicion and discontentment amongst the ranks. To get the office back on its feet it’s crucial you give the staff a bit of space to grieve the loss of a colleague and possible friend, and organising staff drinks before slinking out the back door is a good way to do this. But give them too much space, and you run the risk of creating a divide between you and your team, particularly if there are new faces. 

Bring new people into the office fold with one of our cocktail making workshops. Mixology classes make for some of ClassBento’s most popular things to do in Sydney when it comes to team building activities! People socialise over a drink, but that can be quite intimidating to newcomers, and the old guard can feel a certain pressure to like them immediately, also. By creating a framework, your newbies can mix with the oldies in a constructive environment that encourages shared experience and working together! If booked for a Friday afternoon, following it up with a cheeky bar-hop or dinner can also improve their relationships with each other. Our advice, though? If it’s still a little tense, join in on the cocktail making, but let the staff enjoy the pub themselves, and allow the new ones to come into the work-family without the work-parent supervising them. This lets the staff know that although they’re going through potentially un-certain times, you still trust them. Also, did we mention that you should tell people you appreciate them?

Creating good office culture an investing in your team building activities is crucial to happy, healthy and loyal employees. How you handle and respond to scenarios that may jeopardise this can make or break you, so get the most out of your work culture environment in Sydney by maintaining a balanced office, creating an aesthetically appealing workspace and making sure everyone feels welcome and safe. 





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