In a corporate setting, one of the crucial keys to success of a company is the boss and their relationship with the employees. This should be built upon trust and understanding in order to increase the productivity and cohesiveness of any workplace. While the boss’ top priority is likely to have hardworking employees who fulfill his vision for the company, it is a safe bet that he would also like to have more than superficial relationships with the people he works with every day. Several elements constitute a healthy boss and employee relationship and these points need to understood by both parties in order to be fully effective.
1. Communication- This is a two-way road that needs to be equally accessible to both parties. The workplace environment should be such that the employees feel comfortable enough to approach their boss with ideas, suggestions, and concerns. Sometimes it can be intimidating for employees to state something which might be in contradiction to something the boss has said. However, when done in a respectable and polite manner, this can be advantageous to the company and help it progress. Likewise, employees should remain open to constructive feedback as that is done in their interest and to help them be better employees.
2. Mentoring- When a boss becomes an employee’s mentor, it helps both the employee as well as the company. Offering advice and career training would ensure that in the future the employees are adhering to the same vision and company culture which is present in the company. Employees should not hesitate to initiate career-path discussions with their boss so that they may find out how they need to improve in order to reach their goals.
3. Recognition- Who doesn’t like to be appreciated, right? Managers need to keep their employees happy and motivated by acknowledging their hard work and accomplishments. This provides intrinsic motivation to the employees to put their best foot forward for the company and have positive performances going forward as well.
4. Teamwork- There should be a commitment from both parties to engage in teamwork where the roles of each individual are clearly defined. The expectation from the employee is that they will follow instructions, give input when needed, and meet or exceed performance criteria which has been set forth for them. It is expected that the boss will provide the employee with the resources and training needed to perform the job effectively, take on the leadership role, and help his employees meet company goals. If either side of the boss and employee relationship does not hold up their end of the teamwork requirements, then productivity suffers and teamwork cannot be established.
5. Work life balance- Oftentimes, the workplace can demand long working hours and have high expectations from its employees. In this case, bosses can try to offer flexible scheduling which works for both the company as well as the employee. Having on site perks such as a gym or free meal from the cafeteria can also help workers achieve a balance. Employees shouldn’t hesitate to communicate to their boss when they need a schedule change, or time off, as long as they are willing to be compromise and make up the time elsewhere. Life happens to everyone and surprises can catch anyone off guard, the workplace should not be a daunting place that adds stress, rather there should be a balance between work and life.