Leader And Employee Relationships
Positive relationships between leaders and their employees are not always easy to develop. A study found that only 82% of Canadian workers felt that their employer cared about them and 28% said that their organization did not enable them to balance the personal needs and goals with their job requirements. Not surprisingly, 68% indicated that their job made them feel high levels of stress and anxiety.
Quality leaders are also aware of the value of recognition – that are able to say thank you and reward those who have helped ensure the success of the company. Click to tweet
So How To Build Positive Leader And Employee Relationships
During Leadership Week, I encourage supervisors, managers, directors and the C-Suite to look closely at the relationship that that they have with their employees. A poor relationship – one in which employees feel powerless, uninformed, disrespected, used and stressed – will lead to high rates of heart and cardiovascular problems, anxiety, depression, muscular pain/problems and alcohol and prescription/over-the-counter drug use as well as higher rates of absenteeism, lowered productivity, higher rates of job turnover and more difficulty in attracting and retaining high quality workers.
Leader And Employee Relationships Take Time
Quality relationships take time to develop. They require that leaders allow for participation in decision-making, provide information and support on stress, wellness and balance issues, minimize the ‘politics’ of the organization, provide clear direction and connection to the mission and vision of the organization, develop support strategies between team members and that leader ensure the proper resources are available to get the job done. Quality leaders are also aware of the value of recognition – that are able to say thank you and reward those who have helped ensure the success of the company.
Beverly’s Hot Tip For Building Positive Leader And Employee Relationships and Celebrating Leadership Week:
Challenge yourself to evaluate your leadership skills and your ability to develop positive relationships with your employees.
Would your teams consider you a quality leader?
If you are not in a leadership role within your company, are you sitting back and adding to the problems or are you offering suggestions on how to improve the company?
Only by evaluation and actively building positive relationships will you be able to develop the kind of company that will be truly employee focused and bottom-line successful.
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