3 Steps for Building a Healthy Employer – Employee Relationship

The relationship between employees and bosses can be critical for the success of a company. The reason is because if an employee has a good relationship with his or her boss, then he or she will be more likely to work hard and do a great job for the boss. However, if an employee strongly dislikes the boss, then the employee may even quit to avoid working with him or her.

If a boss is causing people to quit because of his or her bad relationships with employees, then this can be a major problem. High turnover rates can cost companies a lot of time, money, and stress. So, it is usually better to attempt to have good employee/boss relationships. Here are some great tips for improving these relationships.

1. Bosses should be fair.

Few things can create as much resentment from employees as a lack of fairness from the boss. For example, if one employee comes in ten minutes late, and is punished, and another one does the same thing and is not, that will not sit well with many employees.

On the other hand, if bosses are fair, then they help to create an environment of equality and reason. Once the rules and expectations are laid out by the boss, then every employee knows what is required of him or her and understands the consequences of not adhering to these rules. Fairness can help create a balance between a boss and his or her employees. This can be great for motivating the staff.

2. Bosses should be positive.

A boss’s attitude can have a strong impact on a company. The boss is the leader and because of this, people who work under the boss may be heavily influenced by the boss’s attitude. If a boss is constantly criticizing employees and being negative, then employees may feel discouraged.

However, it can be great for staff motivation if a boss is positive and supportive. A positive and supportive boss can help to bring out the best in employees. Also, it is oftentimes a lot more fun to work with a positive boss than a negative boss. So, positivity on the part of the boss can be great for improving employee/boss relationships.

3. Employee Coaching

Employee coaching is when a boss or manager gives feedback in a respectful manner to an employee to help the employee learn how to do his or her job better. This can include positive feedback that lets the employee know he or she is doing something well. Also, it can include suggestions for how to do something better.

The goal of coaching employees is to try to help them grow into stronger, better, and more confident employees. If an employee feels that a boss is giving him or her enough attention and help to grow into a better employee, this can significantly help improve employee/boss relationships.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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