10 Ways to Create a Balanced Employee Relations (Secret Inside)

by | Mar 8, 2019 | business | 0 comments

The last thing you want to happen in your workplace is to create a toxic employee relation. You want to be the boss that they will always talk about and remember. The boss that knows how to go with the flow. And knows about the fine line between being the boss and being a colleague. In this article, we will show you 10 ways for you to create a balanced relationship with your employees. 

How Can You Have Good Employee Relations?

What are you supposed to do? Does that include an all-paid team-building? To be honest, there are a number of creative ways to create a relationship with your employees. Because you have to put into consideration that whenever you bond with them, you have time to get to know them. Therefore, establishing a relationship with them.

But then again, you don’t have to pay an expensive team-building event. Or treat them for a massage since there are good old fashion ways to get to know your employees.

Are you the boss who want a build up a great relationship with the employees? But don’t have much of a clue on how you are supposed to be doing that? Then just keep on reading…

1. You Should Be Approachable and Be There

You don’t want to be a snobby boss and set a barrier between you and your employees. Sometimes, the issue is when you set yourself apart from them. Because you’re the boss and they’re people that you pay to do work. Keep in mind that your company wouldn’t be where it is right now if you didn’t have these people.

You should have an open-door policy. You must listen to their ideas because sometimes, brainstorming on your own will only lead to a stressful life. Besides, with this kind of policy in the office, you’ll be able to establish a relationship with your employees. Because they wouldn’t be too shy to approach you with the idea they have in mind.

Also, be there. What this means is that don’t communicate to your employees via emails and texts. Don’t settle for sending them memos because that doesn’t establish any kind of relationship with them. You should not bury yourself with work and settle on the convenient way to communicate with your employees. Remember that communication is key, in all employee relations.

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2. You Must Appreciate Your Employees

Maybe that employee of the month thing isn’t a bad idea. But then again, it’ll cause jealousy to stir up around the office. So, here’s what you could do. Tell them, they did a good job on whatever assignment you had them perform. A pat on the back and a ‘good job’ could actually suffice. And, could be the reason why your employee is having a good day at work.

Appreciating them would lead to a positive workplace. And would also mean that your employees would want to work for you for a longer period of time.

3. Give Them A Voice

Let your employees speak up. Sometimes, it’s not just about giving them a voice to suggest new ideas on the projects that you’re working on. But let them have a voice when it comes to the rules that you implement around the office too. You should provide a democratic office for your workers. And listen to what they have to say. So that you can avoid creating a toxic environment for them and for yourself.

But you should be careful with giving your employees a voice to use. You can let them exercise it. But the decision is still left in your hands. And they have to agree with what you’ve decided. Keep in mind that giving them a voice means giving them a chance to speak up about a certain issue. But don’t allow them to make the decision for you.

4. You Should Be Fair

The worst thing you could ever do as a boss is to show that you like a particular employee. Never appreciate on most than the others. And be completely fair in how you treat your employees. Showing that you have a favorite will only create drama around the office. And drama will only create a bad environment.

You must treat everyone equally at work. Reward them when they’ve done a good job. And never over-reward one that you think exceeded your expectation. When there are rules that need be enforced, do it uniformly. And have everyone follow it. Do not exempt one worker if he happens to be a family member that you hired.

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5. Offer Quality Time

I know what you’re thinking, why does this sound like a couple-thing? Well, it’s not in that context, to be honest. What you’re simply supposed to do is be present in the office. Or surprise them by having lunch delivered during a chaotic time. When everyone’s too busy working that they can’t buy themselves lunch or eat the ones they’ve packed.

You can also help them around if the team’s handling a really hard project. And need a helping hand. Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you can’t do any work anymore. Having that kind of relationship with them will only help you establish a great relationship with your employees. And actively being there would make them trust you and appreciate you as their boss even more.  

Team-building is also a great way to spend some time with them too and it builds even better employee relations.

6. Inform Them What’s Going On

You should be honest with your employees with what’s going on around the office. If the business is veering to a direction that you didn’t expect. And things are a bit rocky, keep in mind that your employees deserve to know them too.

If the business is going downhill and you have to close down, they have the right to know this. Because you can’t just hand them a memo that says, ‘business closed down, you’re out of a job’.

If your business is doing well, they deserve to know that too. Have meetings with them that informs them of how good the business and company is doing. So that they have an idea of where their career is heading in your hands.

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7. Have A Positive Attitude

Understand this concept if you want to understand the importance of employee relations. Don’t be the boss who comes into work with a frown on his face. And looking like the weight of the world is on his shoulders.

Smile and greet your employees and have a positive attitude towards work. Positivity is contagious. And when they see you looking as carefree as you are, it’ll rub off onto them. And they’ll look at their work with the same lightness that you radiate.

Besides, no one would like to be with someone who’s always on the negative side of the wheel. It will only create a toxic workplace for everyone if you’re too negative about everything and anything. Worry smart and think positive thoughts. Don’t drag your employees into the negative side. Just because you’re anxious about meeting a deadline or about the charts.

8. Be Reasonable with The Deadlines and Set Achievable Expectations

You should not be the unreasonable boss who sets a tight deadline for an employee. And expect them to submit it right on the dot. You should be realistic with the deadlines that you set for them. Because even if that’s what they’re paid to do, you can’t expect them to have it done in unreasonable time. Be reasonable and understand that you didn’t hire robots but human beings.

You must set achievable expectations too. Do not set such a high standard that your employees can’t reach. Because that’s only going to frustrate them and stress them out. You should be realistic with your expectations. Because like what was previously said, you didn’t hire robots to have such a high standard on the results.

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9. Follow the Rules That You Expect Them to Follow

Just because you are boss doesn’t mean you’re exempted from the rules of the company. Do not set yourself apart from them in that way just because you’re the manager or supervisor. That label doesn’t give you that kind of loophole with the rules.

Besides, what kind of boss are you if you won’t set an example for them to follow? If they see the boss following through with the rules, they won’t have any reason not to do it too. Considering that you follow it the same way that they’re supposed to. Just because you’re in a different status, it doesn’t mean that you’re allowed not to play by the company’s rules.

 

10. You Must Respect Your Employees

Respect begets respect. And the main attitude that you need to have is to respect your employees. Because they’re human beings too. And if they respect you because you’re their boss, it’s only fair that you respect them too. Remember that one of the things everyone was taught during growing up was to be respectable towards other people.

Do not use the power that you have over your employees to belittle them. And their ideas or to demean them in any way. Because they’re at a lower level than you. You do not have the right to crush other people. Just because of your status in life and your status in work.

 

And on the other hand, being a respectful kind of boss would also reflect on how you are as a human being. And would make your employees comfortable with having you around. They won’t fear you because you’re a horrible boss. And they’re afraid of crossing you, the fear would be out of the respect. That they have for you which to be honest, is better than the former.

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Respect begets respect. And the main attitude that you need to have is to respect your employees. Because they’re human beings too. And if they respect you because you’re their boss, it’s only fair that you respect them too. Remember that one of the things everyone was taught during growing up was to be respectable towards other people.

Do not use the power that you have over your employees to belittle them. And their ideas or to demean them in any way. Because they’re at a lower level than you. You do not have the right to crush other people. Just because of your status in life and your status in work.

 

And on the other hand, being a respectful kind of boss would also reflect on how you are as a human being. And would make your employees comfortable with having you around. They won’t fear you because you’re a horrible boss. And they’re afraid of crossing you, the fear would be out of the respect. That they have for you which to be honest, is better than the former.

Conclusion

Having a balanced relationship with your employees is a great way to create a nontoxic environment in your workplace. Because you won’t be too stressed with what’s going on. And how to handle them since you know how to do so.

You need to consider that a nontoxic workplace would be the kind of workplace that would allow everyone to grow. And become the best working versions of themselves.

And on the other hand, being an over-bearing, snobby, and horrible boss won’t give you that kind of result. Which is why, you need to know how to balance the relationship that you have with them.

May the 10 ways to create balanced employee relations help you in becoming the best version of boss that you can possibly be. Don’t hesitate to comment your thoughts on this.

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