How Managers Can Build a Positive Relationship With Their Employees

When managers and employees have a good working relationship, the entire organization benefits. However, developing and maintaining positive connections requires both time and dedication.

Here are six guiding principles used by effective leaders.

Join the Team

Although there is a balance between interacting with employees and maintaining authority, managers who work alongside their workers are more respected and gain a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the business. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, was famous for picking up trash and cleaning out the mop wringer.

Keep Everyone in the Loop

Rumors and speculation can result in discord and confusion in any organization. Leaders who embrace transparency, in both good times and bad, are far more likely to gain the trust and loyalty of their workers. Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, host a weekly TGIF meeting that includes a 30-minute Q&A session.

Get to Know People

Employees will respond better to managers who remember their birthdays, acknowledge important life events, and regularly check in to see how they are doing. Greg Popovich, the legendary coach of the San Antonio Spurs, connects with his players over food. As one player reminisced, he wants to know “where you like to eat…and pretty soon he’s suggesting places where you ought to eat, and he’s making reservations for you and your wife or girlfriend.” (Time, 2018)

Bring Out the Best in Employees

Smart leaders allow workers to “be who they are” rather than forcing them to perform tasks that are difficult for them in the name of career development. This strategy allows for a happy, more fulfilled workforce. As legendary management consultant Peter Drucker commented, “Unless an executive looks for strength and works at making strength productive, he will only get the impact of what a man cannot do, of his lacks, his weaknesses…”

Ask for Advice

Many managers shy away from employee input because they feel it would be irrelevant or distracting. Or, they may even believe they are supposed to have ALL the answers. This is a mistake as workers can supply a wealth of information. And their contributions allow them to feel valued. When Paul O’Neill, the former CEO of Alcoa, encouraged workers to call him at home, he received an employee suggestion that allowed the company to double their profits on aluminum siding within a year. (HuffPost, 2012)

Accept Responsibility

Leadership is much more than a fancy office, perks and a large paycheck. When things go wrong the consequences are real. Workers respond to managers not because they are in a position of authority, but because they “have their back.” Simon Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last, puts this best. “Leaders are the ones who run headfirst into the unknown. They put their interests aside to protect us or pull us into a brighter future.”

If you are looking for more ways to improve your company’s management strategies, visit Aventure Staffing’s blog. We publish weekly articles on a variety of administrative topics ranging from Evaluating Your Recruiting Process to Turning Your Employees Into Leaders. Learn more today!

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