Corporate success is greatly determined by the loyalty of its customers. But it is equally important to company success to consider the relationship between employers and employees.
Employees have a place in the hierarchy of any organization. No matter what the size of your company, if you have great managers, they will give your employees a road map to help them navigate their way through your company and its culture. It is important to help employees understand who you are, where they fit in and where they are going in the future. Help them understand the big picture. Show them the inner workings of your organization, your politics and your quirks. Show employees why they were hired and what their role is. Don’t allow them to feel isolated and uninformed. Instead, show them the pathway to success.
Building relationships actually works two ways. Managers have employees below them, but they also have leadership above them. Good managers strive to build professional relationships with those in both directions. Good relationships can inspire loyalty, productivity and much more. Good relationships help employees feel good about their personal work objectives and their overarching goals. This leads to dedication to the company’s success. Professional relationships are not always easy and respect is not always mutual, but it is something that managers should be striving for continually. All employees want to feel heard and valued. While not a friendship in the traditional sense of the word, professional relationships show that you care about employees. Provide employees with guidance to help them navigate your organization and their career. Take the time to understand what is important to them personally. These simple actions will guarantee a more positive workplace experience for your staff. Deeply human relationships unlock employee potential in ways that many other actions cannot.
Sometimes it is hard for employees within and organization to understand how the tasks they are doing each day impact the big picture and the company’s bottom line. So it becomes increasingly important for a good manager to educate employees at all levels about the company culture, the key tenets of the organization, and how the company’s processes fit together. Take time to show employees all steps of your process. Explain your organizational chart. Tour your campus together. Visit via video call if some workers are out in the field or remote. Show your employees what comes next in the process after a project leaves their hands. Encourage them to build relationships with those at all levels within the organization, showing the value of work at each and every level. The team at any organization is a live thing. Employees have personalities, strengths, passions and talents. Allow your employees to see your employee team as a whole, understanding how they fit into the puzzle. Lower-level staff of today could be tomorrow’s management, so it is important that employees of all levels work together.
Whether hiring, on-boarding, problem solving or guiding, direct managers are the first in an organization to create an engaging workplace culture for an employee. Great managers are able to skillfully guide great teams to do great things. Don’t forget the human element of human resources management. Helping your employees navigate the landscape or you organization will yield positive results far beyond your bottom line.