Having a strong relationship with your employees is a key success factor and a sign of a strong and healthy organization. People want to work for companies that treat their employees well. However, employee relations are not a “set it and forget it” task; rather, it is an ongoing, back and forth, give and take, dynamic. There will be good times and bad times, peaks and valleys.
Unfortunately, employee relations is a common organizational issue. According to a recent study, and as outlined by Amy Blackburn on business.com, “nearly half of all employees surveyed indicated they were dissatisfied with their direct supervisors. This friction between management and staff not only manifests itself in poor attitudes and morale, it can have a deleterious effect on a company’s productivity and revenue.”
The good news is that you can change this.
6 SIGNS YOU NEED TO IMPROVE EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
The key to good employee relations is having the ability to realize when things need to be improved. Here are some warning signs that indicate you need to improve employee relations:
Have you noticed a negative attitude toward the company or management? Do your employees give off a negative vibe? Are they difficult to deal with?
2. LOW MORALE:
Is company morale suffering? Are people generally unhappy to be at work? Do people have a poor outlook?
3. LACK OF ENGAGEMENT:
Has disengagement taken over? Does it seem like your employees are phoning it in and putting in a minimal effort?
While it’s common for employees to push back somewhat, is it happening all the time? Are employees in a constant battle with management about small or unimportant things?
5. FREQUENT MISCOMMUNICATIONS:
Do details and instructions get lost in communication? Are employees regularly unclear about job roles and expectations?
6. REGULAR CONFLICT:
Does conflict between management and employees happen too often? Does there always seem to be a conflict brewing?
These are all signs that you may have an employee relations issue. Management needs to take notice of these signs before they become a bigger problem and have a larger impact on company culture, productivity and the overall wellbeing of the company and its employees.
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Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.