Managing Employee Relations and Encouraging Development: A Practical Guide

Employees are the backbone of a company--this fact is known far and wide. No matter what the size of the company is, and no matter what it produces; if it is functioning and making a profit, then it has employees who are a driving force behind said profit. Needless to say, if a company is to grow and develop itself, the employees have to deliver their best. Being that important and integral to the company, they have to function like a well oiled machine, constantly striving to deliver greater service and benefiting the company for the future.

There is a plethora of factors which go into a strong employee base. The incentives they get, the manner in which they are treated by the company, how well they are compensated and how their co-workers treat them; all are factors which are very important to the growth of the company. Actually the last part is perhaps the most important, as it can be the making and breaking of a company.

How Employee Relations Impact a Company

When we talk about a company that is doing very well in the market, the first thing that comes to mind, or rather the first picture, is of a group of people in professional attire, standing confidently and smiling. These are the employees which are the reason behind the company’s success, and the only way that success can come about is if there is some degree of cohesion between the employees.

Take for example, Company A. It has the most professional, most innovative and creative employees, and they function so well with each other that they never face any workplace conflict. They share ideas, gain inspiration and motivation from each other, and are all superb team players. Automatically they will drive sales and business development, just because of their cohesion which translates into better outcomes.

How to Manage Employee Relations and Grow Your Business

To that end, following is a list of ways in which you can manage employee relations within your company and put some growth into effect.

  • Help your employees develop their skills and become more proficient at their jobs. This can be done by career-wide training via the managers and senior officials.

  • Involve the staff into the broader vision of the company. If the CEO has a vision of where they want the company to be in 5 years, they should share that with the employees to motivate the latter towards said vision.

  • Hold company meetings often, since this is a great way to engender good relationships with fellow employees while keeping them up to date on all the recent and future developments within the company.

  • Embrace and promote equality across the board while rewarding only on merit basis. This means that while you should treat all employees the same, they should be rewarded only on basis of merit.

April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.

Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.

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