Being on the same page with your boss or employee can sometimes prove difficult. Not only are your lives and job descriptions vastly different, but you also have different types of commitments towards your company. And while that may be the case, both of you need to find a way to work together in order to achieve productivity for your company. So how can you go about creating a proper and productive relationship between an executive and their employee? Keep in mind that you can affect this whatever side you are on.
Understand the benefits
Before you start team building and bonding, understand why you would do such a thing in the first place. What are the benefits of having a good boss-employee relationship in your company? Is it higher employee satisfaction and thus loyalty? Or are you looking for a boost in overall productivity and get that long-forgotten project going?
The advantages of creating proper relationship channels inside your company are endless, and it’s up to you to figure out which ones are your primary focus. Once you figure this out, you can start working on your HR capacity with a bit more understanding. Remember that your coworkers will sometimes ask for something other than a monetary reward. Some of them just care about being appreciated and have a sense of belonging in your company. It’s up to you to figure out what works inside your company, since each environment is unique in itself.
Lead by example
Even if you are the employee in this equation, you can always “lead” your colleagues by being an example of how a perfect employee should be. Try to connect to your company’s mission in a way that would inspire your coworkers and show them what it means to be a proper employee of that particular company. The higher up the ladder you are, the bigger impact you will make when it comes to leading by example.
People like inspirational personas, so why not be one yourself? Once they start noticing you and feeling good around you, they will follow up on your behavior and start acting in the same way, creating a dream working environment rich with respect, dedication and positive energy.
Level the playing field
The first thing you need to do is make sure that both sides feel like they are on even ground, at least from time to time. What you can do is create a space in which both executives and employees can work, chat and even play or have fun with each other without feeling the difference between each other.
Of course, their titles and job descriptions will stay the same, but that doesn’t mean that there has to be a gap between the two. After all, executive personnel started as employees themselves, so make sure that they realize that and offer a helping hand to their employees, breaking the proverbial ice in the process.
Talk to your employees
Another great way to show your workers that you care about them is to simply talk to them. Whether it’s during lunch or breaks, even at the shopping mall when you stumble upon them; talk to them. This will go a long way in making sure that your workers not only appreciate you as their boss, but remain loyal and productive as well. A simple pat on the back can go a long way.
Another great idea is to organize a monthly meeting where your personnel can express any suggestions or projects that would make your internal management better. Remember that best ideas come from below because these people have a fresh perspective on the processes that you have grown accustomed to.
Accepting such a project will not only make employees happy and appreciated, it will also show them that you genuinely care and accept them. Trust that your workers know exactly what would make them happy. The secret of cooperation is mutual understanding, and this has never been more true than with boss-employee relations.
Reward success, correct failure
One thing that you can always be sure of is that you don’t want to be feared. You want to be respected by both employees and executives. This means that you need to come up with a reward system that appreciates success and dedication while also implementing a culture where employees learn from their mistakes and not become instantly terrified of being fired.
This is not how the modern 21st century business world works, and it’s up to you to figure out what works in your particular line of work. Even a Friday off for a special dedicated worker will do wonders for the morale. It doesn’t have to cost anything and it will still reward you generously in the long run.