Employee Relations: inside and outside of work

The main objective of any company is to create a profit. To make profit within a company, one must have a group of individuals working towards that goal. Each person is motivated to make money, as it may mean more opportunities for him or her. Without employees, companies cannot function.

Employee relations ensure that workers are happy, working in a healthy environment, and regularly operating at maximum capacity for the company. Supervisors maintain relations with employees, making sure that the conditions above are maintained in the office day in, day out. Employees who get into conflicts with management or coworkers will disrupt such an environment, which results in a toxic workplace where employees are arguing more than working. It is thus important for managers or supervisors to maintain good employee relationships, and spur them on to make better profits for the company.

Maintaining employee relations starts with communication
What is sought after in maintaining employee relations? Companies should look to create a high rate of motivation, morale, and positivity as a priority. Companies should aim to be transparent about their upcoming objectives, and to delegate equal work to employees depending on their ability.

Challenging work should keep employees busy and motivated while accomplishing tasks that the company requires. Cubicles or workstations should be the general layout, as an open environment encourages team bonding and better communication between workmates.

Supervisors should never attempt to dominate employees, but be a moderator during group projects, facilitating ideas, and fostering discussion.

Communication is crucial in keeping employee relations with the company in good standing. Whenever employees have problems that are work-related, it is imperative for the supervisor to solve said problem before conflicts and office politics enter the workspace. Should such negative elements emerge, work rate, morale and motivation would all drop. Employees should be able to enjoy work, and not consider it a burden in their lives. It is part of the supervisor's role to ensure that negativity does not influence the work of his or her workers.

Employee relations outside of work
Employee relations do not only exist within the office. It is important for bonds to develop within a workgroup outside of work. Some of the best friendships people have do begin at the office.

The company's HR department should host activities outside of the office so that employees can create bonds with each other. Supervisors may take the initiative and hold potlucks or small gatherings during lunch or after work to promote team bonding.

Make sure that no employee is seen working during assigned lunch hours. People need to take breaks from their work to avoid excessive stress, and to relax for a while. One suggestion is to have group lunches. Issues at work should not be brought up and the time should be used for sharing problems and joys with each other. Such time is good for employee bonding.

Furthermore, the office can award a monthly award to the hardest working employee, motivating others to work just as hard. Once employee relations are maintained, a wide degree of trust within the group allows problems to be solved quicker, creates an efficient and enjoyable environment, and paves the way for friendships that otherwise would not exist.

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