The Manager-Employee Relationship

You have to wonder how managers who believe they can operate in a vacuum and treat their employees like second class citizens survive as long as they do in most organizations. Unfortunately there are a lot of managers who fit this description at least to some degree.

Employees who have a solid working relationship with their managers are usually much more engaged, have higher levels of overall job and cultural satisfaction, and meet or exceed goals consistently. Those who don’t tend to struggle with remaining enthused about their job and the organization.

Good managers work to foster positive and strong relationships with their employees. What are some of the things they do to develop that type of relationship? Here are a few things that come to mind:

  • They know when and how to assert themselves.
  • They introduce some fun into the work environment.
  • They care about their employees.
  • They listen and actually hear what the employees are saying.
  • They help employees become better employees.
  • They recognize employees for big and little achievements.
  • They go to bat for their employees.
  • They give employees the tools they need to do their jobs.
  • They are unselfish.
  • They take pride in seeing their employees advance.
  • They take an appropriate interest in the employee…they get to know them.
  • They are realistic about what can reasonably be accomplished.
  • They catch employees doing things well and praise when appropriate.

This list is not all-inclusive, but it gives you an idea how managers develop excellent relationships with their employees. Keep these in mind at all times and work hard to build positive and strong relationships. The payoffs will be tremendous.