A well run office

A business office is not an ashram, but everyone who has ever worked in an office knows what stressful places they can be. It really doesn’t matter what the nature of the business is or who runs it. If the workspace itself is not given the attention it deserves, everything can easily become far too much for everyone involved.

When it comes to running a successful business, it is necessary to think long and hard about the main hub of that business – the office. With the application of a few simple practices, you will find that running an office can be remarkably straightforward. And what follows from there is a business which operates smoothly and calmly.

Culture, Engagement, And Happiness

From the hiring practices to how engaged employees are in the workplace, cultivating a positive office culture is really all about creating meaningful work that employees are engaged in. When an employee is engaged in meaningful work, they are more satisfied as well as productive. This creates better results and decreases costly turnover.

Fairness, Equality And Feeling Valuable

Most of us have worked in the kind of environment where no two people were treated the same. This is unfortunately extremely commonplace in life from criminal sentencing to how we are treated in school. Yet, it is incredibly disruptive to even the strongest of businesses. Your business should reflect your values in its product and in its internal culture. That means not just treating people equally, but showing your employees you value them. By doing this they will reward the company in kind by producing quality work.

A Focus On Clear Communication

No office can be run successfully without a good grounding in open and honest communication. This should be something that you champion above all else. Doing so is likely to encourage a forward-thinking working culture which will benefit both the people and the business. For clear communication to be taken seriously, you need to provide the basic ground for it to happen. This means talking about it with your colleagues and employees honestly, meeting with them about issues and learning and changing from mistakes.

Expect Success And Avoid Fear

There is a saying in business, too much is a good problem to have. Too much can be managed, but there is nothing quite so disruptive to the working day as a stressed-out office. The truth is, excessive business is not necessarily the sign of success. More often than not, it is a sign that something has gone wrong. Everybody should be working with purpose, and that doesn’t mean running around like crazy. When an office loses its sense of calm and decorum, the business really does suffer as a result. Don’t be afraid to have the appropriate amount of staff hired. This can trigger a fear of spending or that new hires might cause future firing, but his mindset operates in the realm of scarcity and fear. Running your business to succeed not only improves the possibility of success but creates a more positive office culture along the way.


Jerry Mooney studied at the University of Munich and Lewis and Clark College where he received his BA in International Affairs and West European Studies. He has recently taught Language and Communications at a small, private college and owned various businesses.