Should a workplace make employees feel relaxed?

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@Shavkat (65270)
Philippines
June 26, 2016 11:14am CST
Most employees in the corporate world are always complaining about the stressful demand in the workplace. In terms of business concern, the threshold of stress is so high and the employees need to cope up with their competitors. If the workplace made the employees feel relaxed, then where is the essence of being innovative and the challenge to be the best. I do think that we need to balance the situation so that the employees will not easily be burned out at work. Do you think the employees would turn lazy at work? What do you think would be the impact of being relaxed at the workplace? Photo Credit: pixabay.com
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@SIMPLYD (83052)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
It shoukd be in such a way that the workplace is a nice place to work , yet they are given a timeline to do their jobs . It's up to the employees how to do them , at their own convenient way .
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
I agree. I like a comfortable workplace.
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@SIMPLYD (83052)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
@Shavkat Remember it's our second home . We spend so much time on it , so it has to be comfortable .
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
4 Jul 16
@SIMPLYD I totally agree. That's the reason why I left working for my previous companies. Because I don't feel at home with the chatterboxes in the company.
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26 Jun 16
HR is the key here. They should see that there are enough number of people, work hours, work life balance etc . some companies also conduct some fun activities at times to release the pressure.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@vijay I agree. The employees also need to have team building. Some companies can't afford for such activities because profit is the most important thing. Human Resource Department should do all their best to take good care of their employees.
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27 Jun 16
@Shavkat yes there should be good understanding and helping nature among the team mates. If someone is stressed the other can share the load for a while. If HR Dept is not so active, team events should be taken care by lead or manager, like team outings, birthday celebrations etc to relieve some stress
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
@vijay_2016 In most case, HR Staff are not active in the companies. I had seen a lot who had never seen the needs of the employees.
@shubhu3 (18215)
• New Delhi, India
26 Jun 16
That's a nice idea but for this it should be ensured that the employees don't become so lethargic in doing the work heheeh.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
26 Jun 16
@shubhu3 I totally agree on that. I think there should always be balance.
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@shubhu3 (18215)
• New Delhi, India
26 Jun 16
@Shavkat Yeah a balance will help the employees and the office work too to go smoothly and properly.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@shubhu3 And to gain more profit for the company.
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• India
26 Jun 16
i Personally feel yes, Work place should make the employee feel relax that means not lazy. He should feel that he have to work for the company and the company is treating him well.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
26 Jun 16
@suniparthan I agree. The employee should be comfortable working in the company and continues to achieve personal and company's goal. It is win-win situation.
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• India
26 Jun 16
@Shavkat but it is sad that there are lot of companies which not taking care of there employees well.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@sunilparthan That's the reason why I jump from one company to another.
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@Hannihar (42016)
19 Nov
I think the atmosphere in the work place should be relaxed and comfortable so the employees will want to do work. If it is a hard place to work then people will not want to do their jobs well.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
21 Nov
There are some people who just stayed in the company for the sake of having the salary and no interest in doing their job well. I had some colleagues like this before. I felt like they are cheating the co-employees and of course, themselves.
@Hannihar (42016)
21 Nov
@Shavkat You are right Shavkat. The ones that did not want to do their work did hold the others back that did.
@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
21 Nov
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jun 16
If people don't have a reasonable work ethic nothing is going to work. Some people seem to think work is a place to play computer games or stay on their phones all day.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@JudyEv I don't like working with people who don't practice work ethics.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jun 16
@Shavkat I think it is worse now with mobile phones being so versatile - and no-one can hear you texting.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@JudyEv I do agree on that. Some employees are doing extra activities with the use of mobile phone.
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@Corbin5 (115940)
• United States
26 Jun 16
It may lower performance is a workplace is too relaxed. I think that an individual that is well-versed in stress reduction, perhaps through a company course, for his own use would be a wiser move.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@Corbin5 I also agree with that. They should have intervention to deal with the stress level of the employees in the company.
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@Corbin5 (115940)
• United States
27 Jun 16
@Shavkat I remember our new school principal did away with teachers wearing jeans on Fridays. No sandals or knee-length shorts either. She was right to do that since teachers are role models for students, and wearing very casual attire just made for a too-relaxed atmosphere.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
28 Jun 16
@Corbin5 I totally agree on that. It should always proper withing the school.
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@zarlamain (24885)
• United States
26 Jun 16
Not too comfortable, but comfortable enough to have a good teamwork.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@zarlamain I agree with a good teamwork with competent leader too.
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@zarlamain (24885)
• United States
27 Jun 16
@Shavkat Yes, the team I work with is comfortable with each other, but at the same time, we don't forget to be respectful and professional.
@FourWalls (15214)
• United States
26 Jun 16
I'm just going to answer this from the US perspective (as that's where I live and have worked all my life). Is there a possibility that employees will be too lazy to work? Yes. We see that in the "fast food" industry here, where people want to start with no experience and no education receiving $15 an hour (which is what my starting salary on my current job, with a college degree and near 40 years' worth of work experience!). In the corporate world, however, I think the opposite is the case: the companies don't want to shell out the extra money for hiring employees, so they see how much they can put on the employees they have now before the employees will say "enough." That happened in a temp assignment I had, where the small office went from four employees to two in a heartbeat (both quitting because of the ever-increasing burden put on them). And, I'll add, it also depends on the individual. I temped at United Parcel Service, and they have an extremely strict dress code (in fact, an employee told me that it was only in the late 1980s that people who were working in the heat and the cold eight hours a day, loading packages were allowed to wear something other than a business suit!), and that doesn't appeal to me. I have to wear tennis shoes because of various issues with my feet and the orthotics, but UPS did not allow me to wear them...despite a doctor's statement and the fact that my feet were going to be under a desk eight hours a day and never seen by anyone. Is that an environment someone would want to work in? Some would say, "Hey, for $16 an hour, sure, I'll put up with it." I looked elsewhere. Work is stressful...that's why they call it "work," as the joke goes. There are things that companies can do to make things easier (e.g., I get to listen to music at my desk, while I've worked at places that absolutely forbade it) without having to spend tremendous amounts of money.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
Work is really stressful. If the company cannot provide the needs of their employees, the employees can find ways to relieve stress. The contributory factors you had mentioned also happens in working places such as the low salary, dress code, payment scheme and the like. It is so sad that companies only exist just to gain profit and they forget the real meaning of social responsibility.
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@sj3011 (631)
26 Jun 16
It will reduce effeciency.
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
I agree if the employees are so passive at work.
@IvySaysHi (4342)
• United States
26 Jun 16
there could be some who turn lazy but i think maybe the employees would be motivated to work better becaus they would enjoy their job
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@IvySaysHi I am sure the employees would not lay back much while working. As you have mentioned, they are enjoying doing their job.
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26 Jun 16
l think it's essential to have a few breathers every now and again. l don't mean get lazy but every 4 hours it is said you should be able o take a 20 minute pause. It enable efficiency imo. And you should always feel relaxed as opposed to stressed out. As a video editor breaks are at least built into my way of working. Every time you start rendering you're essentially taking a break so l'm sorted there :D As for my other job which is in a kitchen...not so much. but l've found l'm more productive and everything's better quality when l'm relaxed and not stressed
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@Shavkat (65270)
• Philippines
27 Jun 16
@Cherganski I like the idea of having breather breaks in between while doing tasks in the workplace. It is not also good to control such breaks.