How Oil Refineries Can Build Better Employee Morale

blog-oil-refinery-morale-2For workers on oil refineries, life isn’t easy. A combination of long hours, mentally and physically taxing jobs, and – depending on location – distance from family and friends can have an impact on the emotional state of employees on the site. This may not seem like a big deal, but employee morale can have a direct impact on your bottom line. Productivity, efficiency and quality of work suffer when people feel underappreciated, unhappy and overworked.

And on sites like oil refineries, keeping morale high is particularly important because of the nature of the work. But how do you build better employee morale when oil refinery sites seem so inherently limited? As long as you have a bit of space, a prefabricated steel building can help get you started. Here are a few ways you can use steel buildings to boost employee morale.

Eating Area

A simple but effective idea. Steel buildings can be used to create a centralized kitchen/eating space for your employees at a very affordable price. This helps with morale because it allows workers to come together, talk and strengthen relationships. Better rapport amongst workers means an increased ability to work together as a team. Furthermore, since steel buildings are offered in a variety of sizes, it’s always possible to find the structure that can capacitate the number of employees on the job site.

Lounge Area or Rec Room

Sometimes, people just need to relax and clear their heads. What better way to encourage a mental and physical refresh than by providing a lounge area or rec room? Steel buildings make it easy to house such a space due to their simple set-up. Throw some couches, a ping pong and/or pool table, and a dartboard into your structure and you’ve got a cost-efficient, fully functional lounge area for your employees.

Gym and Fitness Centre

blog-oil-refinery-morale-1Exercise has been shown to increase mental awareness, boost productivity and contribute to an individual’s overall well-being. Giving your employees somewhere to work out will allow them – and you – to experience the benefits that come with regular exercise. And it doesn’t have to be a very elaborate set-up; with an affordable steel building housing the right combination of equipment, you can provide a great fitness facility without breaking the bank. A little bit of an upfront cost can produce a significant return on investment in the long run.

When it comes down to it, employees on oil refineries have tough occupations. Let them know you appreciate their contribution by providing them with eating areas, rec rooms or fitness facilities, and watch employee morale (and productivity) soar.