Managing Employee Relation
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 12:59:13 PM

Most of the organizations strive to form a strong employee-employer bond. Mutual respect and trust between employees and employers lead to several positive results. However, organizations mostly face the challenge of creating an environment of mutual trust and respect. Besides, some companies are very against the idea of providing employees with much power or buy-in.

If you want to form a good employer-employee relationship, you need to nurture it constantly and set proper results and expectations. No doubt, the importance of hard work from both the sides cannot be ignored. But this hard work always pays off with high dividends like higher morale, a higher retention rate, job satisfaction, more productivity, less absenteeism, and so on.

Open Communication

When it comes to creating a positive culture in the workplace, open communication between the employer and employees matters significantly. The employer should not hide any important details from employees. Many employers tend to divulge information only to a select group of employees. Such discrimination adds complexity to the workplace environment. Do remember that employees’ awareness of the company’s performance, its growth plan, and their future career path in the company will not only motivate them more but also make them more proactive about their individual roles and tasks. So, it is advisable to keep all employees in the loop.

A Culture of Gratitude and Recognition

Words like “thank you” and “please” add positivity to the work environment. You must show empathy to your workforce and recognize their contributions to your company’s growth. Just imagine if an employee is constantly doing good job; however, his/her job is not being recognized, it will definitely dampen his/her enthusiasm and morale. He/she may look for a new job where his/her work will be appreciated. To avoid such situations, you must recognize and appreciate your employees’ work. In today’s time, various rewards and recognition programs have become an essential part of corporate talent management practices, which are believed to motivate employees and improve their performance.

Regular Feedback

Feedback—positive as well as critical—is important to enhance employees’ performance. Regular feedback helps them work on their shortcomings. Therefore, conducting a weekly or monthly feedback session is essential, as it helps employees know their progress level, set their long- and short-term goals, and so on. Ultimately, such steps enhance employees’ level of engagement with the organization. 

Benefits of creating a strong employee-employer relationship

Creating a strong employee-employer relationship results in several benefits for the business. The following are the three main benefits.

Enhanced productivity: Strong relations between the employer and employees lead to a positive environment in the workplace. It enhances employees’ motivation and morale. Organizations having invested significantly in various employee relation-building programs have witnessed a rise in their overall productivity. No doubt, increased productivity translates into a rise in business profits. According to a study by Gallup, organizations having highly engaged employees outperform those lacking it by almost 147% in earnings per share.

Employee loyalty: A pleasant and productive work environment leaves a positive impact on employees’ loyalty. Having a loyal workforce means an uptick in employee retention, thereby a drastic reduction in the costs pertaining to recruitment and training.  

Less conflict: A friendly and efficient work environment means a steady reduction in conflicts at the workplaces. Therefore, employees can focus more on their individual tasks, which leads to an increase in productivity.

Undoubtedly, a happy workforce signifies better productivity. Forming a friendly and engaging work ambience with a firm employer-employee relation and sound management can be the building blocks of success of any organization.