The people come first

Unfortunately, most managers are convinced that work effectiveness is possible to ensure by a variety of work benefits, such as food programs, fitness center subscription, bonuses and a flexible work schedule.

All of them are good and there is no doubt that they are working, but are they enough?

What about the human relations at the workplace?

Relationships between management and employees are crucial at any workplace. Frequent communication, exchange of ideas and providing motivation to get tasks done is important to have at a working place. All this creates an inviting culture within your organization.

According to effective leaders, good relations in a team may include the following:

  • Support and showing interest to each other
  • Forgive mistakes
  • Inspire others
  • Show the importance of the work being done by others
  • Mutual trust, respect, gratitude and honesty

Good relations between your employees will not only benefit productivity, but also the entire organization.

Here is a simple explanation:

  •  Good relations reinforce positive emotions. Having an atmosphere that everyone enjoys encourages creative thinking
  •  Good relations protect from stress and help to recover from complex and unpleasant situations
  •  Good relations improve employee retention and loyalty to the company

The better the relations in the team, the greater the returns, such as: higher levels of efficiency, productivity, customer satisfaction and hence increasing profit.

Yes, it is as simple as that. But how to achieve all that? How exactly can you introduce those good practices and create/facilitate those good relationships in your organization?

We suggest you the 3 main dimensions to look at:

Leadership

The leader that cares about good relationships and well-being of the subordinates, must simply provide them with happiness. Embracing the positive relationships and caring for each other helps to balance working for company’s well-being and working for your own well-being. So as a leader, be aware of your emotional state and work to spread the positive emotions. Ask your employees for feedback and their opinion, cooperate with them, making them a part of the process and creating positive memories while working on a common goal.

Onboarding as a community

No doubt, the biggest contribution in a new hires onboarding has a hiring manager. Yet, they are the least engaged in this process. But what if everyone in the team /organization have been involved in onboarding?

Clearly it can be hard to achieve, when everyone is busy and working hard on their tasks, but a little contribution from every team member can already help with creating good relations on the workplace. This will make new hires feel that they matter, being seen, heard and accountable. In turn, existing employees will feel that they contribute to a positive experience of new hire, while making them more comfortable and therefore decreasing the time to perform.

Positive attitude 

Some companies maintain positive attitude by implementing very interesting techniques that do not even require any funds/money. One of the examples is to initiate small and pleasant surprises for the employees on a daily basis, or simply take some time off your duty and help others during the day. This will lead to some huge improvements in corporate health and corporate values of any company.

Maintaining good workplace relationships and having a friendly environment at work is the key to productivity. Be human and simply remember that your people come first, as they are the ones who build your business. 

What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Or you are already applying the mentioned above?