Employee relationships have a critical effect on the success of a business. Overwhelmingly, the reason people quit their jobs is due to difficulties with management.
As critical as this relationship is, many companies simply don’t invest the time and energy in maintaining a good relationship. Which I don’t understand because it really boils down to treating people with respect and appreciation.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated and if you went through the effort of hiring someone for their skills, talent and experience, keep them motivated.
Follow these 10 tips and build long-term, powerful relationships with your employees, guaranteed!
1. Focus on Shared Goals
Ideally, employees and employers are working for a common goal. They want to see the company succeed. Part of a manager’s job is to communicate the organization’s mission, values and objectives. Businesses work best where employees are on board with these goals and missions.
2. Delegate Responsibility
Show your employees you trust them by giving them responsibilities. This makes them feel like more a part of your company. They feel that they’re growing within the company and they can more easily recognize their role in helping the company succeed.
3. Offer a Bonus Program
Give your employees an extra financial incentive to do well by offering a bonus program. Offer a bonus for employees who go above and beyond their regular job tasks.
Even better, give other employees an active role in awarding these bonuses to their co-workers.
4. Be a Role Model
The ideal manager is a friend and cohort, not just a boss. You can be a role model by taking responsibility and doing your job well, and also by respecting your subordinates. Don’t create double standards, and make as much of your business as possible equal and collaborative.
5. Provide Resources
Make sure your employees have all of the resources and knowledge they need to get the job done. Make it your job as boss to make sure they have everything they need. Pay attention and seek out their feedback to see whether they have what they need and, if not, provide it for them.
6. Facilitate Communication
Good relationships are maintained through good communication. Create an environment where your employees aren’t afraid to ask questions or express opinions. This creates an environment of personal engagement between employer and employees.
7. Revenue Sharing
Get your employees directly involved in the company’s success by sharing some of that success with them monetarily. Like the bonus idea, this gives them a vested interest in the company doing well. Offer a base pay with a performance bonus for when the company makes a profit.
8. Make New Hires Feel Welcome
Go out of your way to welcome new hires and make them feel like part of the company. Offer social get-togethers, fun activities and other events to help break the ice with new employees and get them comfortable with you and their new co-workers.
9. Be Accessible
Make sure that you’re accessible to all of your employees when they have questions or problems. It’s extremely frustrating for employees to run up against an invisible wall when trying to reach the boss. Allow anyone to reach you directly whenever they need to.
10. Time Off
No matter how much work there is to do, allow your employees plenty of time off when they want it. Make sure they have plenty of time away from the office to relax and enjoy leisure activities. They need to know that you respect and honor their other non-work priorities as well.
The Key to Employee Relationships
If you have employees who feel responsible, empowered and heard, they’ll work better and be happier. This is the key to building good employee relationships that many companies big and small seem to miss, be different!
I’m interested to hear about what you have done to improve employee relationships in your business. Or maybe you have some tips on how you’ve improved your relationships with vendors too.
Your success is my business!