Workplaces are in a variety of settings that fulfil the needs of the employees of the business. A workplace can be defined as an establishment or facility at a particular location which contains one or more work areas (Business Dictionary, 2018). A workplace can be located in a number of different settings which includes office manufacturing facilities or factories, stores, farms, as well as any other place where work can/is performed (Heathfield, 2017).
Is a workplace a cost centre or does it add value to the business?
A work place can indeed add value to a business, there are a few factors that can be considered to make this statement valid. As an employer you want your workplace to be a motivating environment for your employees. Motivation in a workplace is that wonderful energy, drive, and excitement that employees expend when they are inspired to contribute (Heathfield, 2017). Motivation not only triggers employees to achieve their goals but also provides them with clear expectations, recognition, feedback, and it also encourages management within the workplace (Heathfield, 2017).
Additionally as employee in a workplace your presence in the workplace has an impact on the business. The more you create measurable and powerful outcomes, the more management would recognise your efforts and as a reward of this, they will go out of their way to keep you happy and acknowledge your efforts.
Being motivated in workplace encourages the employee to take risks and do more than what their job description entails (a list of tasks designed to achieve specific valuable outcomes for the business). The approach a motivated employee in a good working environment gives towards his tasks stated in his/her job description influences the amount of value the company receives as well as the level of value the he/she receives.
Below is an example of how an employee in a motivating workplace can add value to the business by going outside their comfort zone and doing extra tasks:
Administrative professional with a role of purchasing office supplies
He/she could easily follow the standard procedure of placing orders for the inventory requested but instead, they are willing to go the extra mile and improve their value as well as the value of the business by (Scivicque, 2013):
Do extra research on vendors to seek competitive pricing and making informed recommendations to the decision makers.
Negotiate better pricing with the vendors that are already existing
Create a system between departments that helps with the flow of inventory so that it does not pile up.
Bulk purchasing to increase savings
Strategise when to purchase inventory taking advantage of sales and discounts
Provide tips that help members of staff reduce waste of supply inventory, offering rewards as an incentive for motivation.
These actions add value to the business and they are not stated within the job description. A little imagination and a few extra seconds of thought by using these strategies could save the business a substantial amount of money per year (Scivicque, 2013). And of course it all boils down to how the workplace motivates the employees and how relationship are developed and maintained as well as the environment and its surroundings (Scivicque, 2013).
On the contrary a workplace can also be a cost centre in the sense that if the environment is not conducive or welcoming he/she may not feel the urge to go to work and be as productive as they should be. For instance if the workplace is not adapted to the context of the work being carried out, a lot of work will be behind, employees will be demotivated and as a result of this, it would cost the business time and money. Lastly if the technology implemented within the workplace is not up to date, i.e slow wifi, slow computers and no air conditioning during summer, this slows down the work and deadlines tend to be extended creating a backlog of work.
Conclusion and Recommendation
To conclude, a workplace can add value to a business if the board of directors put a lot of emphasise on the kind of environment they provide for their employees. A good environment leads to better results and more motivation. When it comes to dealing with workplace developments and facilitating a work environment, the advise that the board of directors could use is that, they should be more consistent on making the environment of their workforce user friendly, create a good work culture, provide employees with the necessary tools needed to be as efficient as possible. If the board of directors are willing to invest in the factors mentioned above, this indeed can add value to their business as opposed to being a cost centre.