When I was first put into management, I was told we needed to focus on building employee morale and it would be my job to figure out what the people wanted so they could work at their best.
It was pretty awkward at first because I used to be a common employee amongst everybody and suddenly there was a different vibe. When I asked everybody how they felt and if there was anything that could be improved in the workplace, some people said I should already know the answer to these questions. It actually wasn’t obvious to me at first, but then I realized that most people were annoyed with the poor air quality. It was always dusty and it seemed like there was never a cleaning crew getting everything cleaned up. This made for a dirty work environment and they wanted better temperature control settings. The thermostat was usually set to 78 in the hot season and it always seemed overheated even when the A/C system was working somewhat. I mean, it was something that bothered me a little bit over the years, but I didn’t know what could be done. Now I had the chance to make things right in my new position, so I reached out to the HVAC company to have the professionals provide a tune-up for the HVAC system and see what else could be done about the air quality. The HVAC professionals were great and provided some good advice. They recommended ductwork cleaning which would help the air quality substantially. They said it looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in at least a decade which was bad for the energy bills and could overwork the system. When I had everything taken care of with reasonable temperature control settings, everybody seemed a lot happier.