Thinking about your sweetheart all day? Anticipating that special, romantic candlelit dinner after work? Ah, yes- it’s February 14th, which means for many that love is in the air and we can take time to celebrate the relationships in our lives that we cherish most. But in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s examine a different kind of relationship that most of us work at improving and maintaining every day. No, it’s not your never-ending battle with your spouse to put the dirty laundry in the hamper. This is your relationship with your employees or, on the other hand, with your employer, and it is vital to keep a good one.
Most of us spend more waking hours at work then we do at home (unless, of course, you are nocturnal), so what can we do to maintain a good relationship with those we work with constantly? There have been literally thousands of articles written on how to maintain and improve workplace relationships, as well as several state and federal laws on the subject, so let’s narrow it down to something we can all understand. An article on eHow gives a few tips on preserving this essential connection.
The article starts off by emphasizing the significance of this kind of relationship, “The relationship between an employer and its employees is an important factor in the company’s success. Employers will treat their employees with respect and visa versa if they all want to succeed and achieve goals. Some companies forget to focus on employee retention and appreciation, and then they lose productivity.” The article then summarizes some guidelines to keep in mind in the workplace:
- Motivate employees by giving them incentives within the workplace. Treat all of your employees equally and give them all the chance to win a free trip, a free dinner or tickets to the next theatre production. Reward your employees for their improved hard work.
- Spend time with your employees. Many bosses and owners forget the ‘little people’ that make it all happen. Sit down and talk with each one of your employees when you have time and ask if they are happy with their jobs and what improvements they think the company should make.
- Plan a team building event and ask all your employees to attend including upper, middle and lower management. Get everyone together as a team and allow them to undergo various team building and trust creating activities.
- Invite all of your staff and managers to an event or a BBQ in your back yard. If you are an owner or the CEO of the company, then what better way to warm up to your employees then homemade BBQ chicken!
- Ask your managers to work closely with their teams and to support any issues that come up, or mistakes that might occur. Get everyone working together on finding a solution that everyone agrees on. If you have to, create a problem and ask everyone to work on it to find the answer.
Now while some of the article might not apply to everyone, keep in mind that this article was written by an eHow contributor that took the time to come up with a few of their own suggestions based off of their life experience. Therefore, this article might offer some of the best ideas, as these come from someone who has experienced employer-employee relationships in the workplace. Alternatively, some of these guidelines are slightly more sterile or cut and dry than the psychology that should go into keeping up good relations in the workplace. Remember, that just like any other relationship, there are no simple, one word answers, but there is always a plethora of advice online that help to make these relationships successful.
Have you found that any particular methods have been successful for your relationships in the workplace? What problems have you had and how have you worked to solve them?