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Workplace environment for motivated, creative staff?

By skewenrich ·
Hi. I'm an Application Development Manager who has experienced a number of resignations over the last few months. I've been at the firm 3 1/2 years and feel that morale and interest in the business is at the lowest point yet.

My question really is this:
In a development environment where we are not using cutting edge development tools (Main tools are VB6, SQL Server 2000 with some .Net) what is the best way to keep staff interested? We have a huge amount of work to do and evolving the tech is not something that is easy to do. So, I'm thinking specifically of the environment. Casual Dress? Home Working? Games console in the corner of the office? How about office layout?

Welcome your thoughts! Thanks - Rich

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Thanks folks

by skewenrich In reply to Workplace environment for ...

Thanks to all the community for the many posts. I wasn't expecting so many.

There some stuff I've tried, some I haven't and some that are intruging. I certainly feel I'm up on the challenge and will crack on with some of the ideas in here.

Thanks again all and good luck in all your careers.

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Nothing on these lines.

by hasnain.rizvi In reply to Workplace environment for ...

Please Follow these:
1. Increase your touch base with your team.
2. Have weekly discussions and meetings with the team to understand there concerns.
3. Take actions on those concerns and revert to them with an explanation that why this is not possible and what work around you have thought off.
4. Encourage learning sessions or ask one of the team members to conduct a small session presentation on any technical topic.
5. Emphasis on self development.
6. Emphasis on developing a goals in there career.
7. Be a good Manager.

I think these points have great potential.

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