Employees who have a strong relationship with their employers are known to be more productive, efficient, and loyal. A strong employer/employee relationship also results in less conflict in the workplace.
Productivity and Efficiency
If you have a strong employer-employee relationship, there is mutual trust and reliance. Your employees are dependent on you to be trained, valued, and treated fairly. You depend on them to do the tasks that keep your business running smoothly.
If the relationship is strong, your employees will be well-trained and feel they are valued. They are likely to be productive and efficient, with work done in a professional manner and minimal time spent complaining.
The more productive and efficient they are, they more profitable your business will be.
If employees feel valued, they are likely to be loyal. They will stay with your company for a reasonable length of time. They are unlikely to be looking for a new job every year.
As a result, you get incremental value from their time on the job. You also save costs on recruiting and training new people.
Strong employer-employee relationships lead to less conflicts. Employees can become concerned about a number of things in a workplace: poor pay, lack of promotional opportunities, and long hours, for example.
To strengthen these relationships, make sure your company pays salaries at the market rate and is viewed as promoting from within. Reasonable hours are appreciated by most employees.
How to Build Strong Employer-Employee Relationships
Building strong relationships should be part of your planning. Here are some ways to do this.
Interact with your employees
You don’t have to be your employees’ best friend, or they yours. But you should know something about them as people, and vice versa.
One way to do this is to sponsor get-togethers at specific intervals. A holiday party or a summer picnic are easy and low stress avenues to establishing good interaction in an informal, non-work-related setting.
Show your appreciation to the team
A weekly hosting of bagels and coffee on Fridays, or pizza lunches after a particularly strong team effort, will convey they are valued and their work appreciated.
Keep an open door policy
Employees should feel free to approach you about a concern or challenge. If you do performance appraisals only once a year, they can be viewed as intimidating. To counteract this, make sure employees know your door is open to discuss company plans, policies, and their place in them.
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