Good working relationships give us several other benefits, our work is more enjoyable when we have good relationships with those around us. Also, people are more likely to go along with changes that we want to implement, and become more innovative and creative. Respect the people who you work with, you must value their input and ideas although doesn’t mean you always agree, and they value yours as well. Working together, you can develop solutions based on your collective insight, wisdom and creativity hence getting the most leverage out of everyone.

Employees are a lot like plants: give them a place in the sun, just enough attention, but not too much, and room to grow and they’ll thrive. Keep them in the dark, hover over them too much, or neglect them outright, and they’ll fail to produce. If building a stronger relationship with your employees is important to you, you can’t go wrong by shining the spotlight on their achievements, giving them enough positive reinforcement without micromanaging, and allowing them to develop their talents.

Trust is the foundation of every good relationship. And the simplest path to increased trust is respect. It’s respectful recognition of accomplishments and transparency around failure. It’s connection between leaders and teams. It doesn’t cost anything to buy, but each side needs to make time for it. Practicing daily respect habits like “listen and care, make eye contact, and acknowledge yours and their flaws” will drive engagement, and ultimately performance. When you trust your team and colleagues, you form a powerful bond that helps you to work and communicate more effectively. If you trust the people you work with, you can be open and honest in your thoughts and actions, and you don’t have to waste time and energy “watching your back.” Employees feel comfortable coming to you with new ideas, concerns, or, in the worst-case scenario, complaints, then it’s easier to establish the natural give-and-take that comes with strong relationships and be ahead fo the curve in the business from inside knowledge for the team directly.

Spend quality time with your employees. It’s not enough just to be present for meetings and other essential tasks. If you want to have a real relationship with your employees, you have to be there for the ups and downs. Volunteer your assistance on a difficult project, provide a lunch for everyone during a hectic time and eat it with them and make the monthly employee birthday party special.

Taking responsibility for your words and actions. Those who are mindful are careful and attend to what they say, and they don’t let their own negative emotions impact the people around them. Be fair to all of your stuffs, don’t create discontent in the workplace faster than obvious favoritism toward certain employees, or worse yet, a relative this damages moral fast. You’re not going to like everyone equally, of course, but the important thing is to treat all employees equally. Enforce rules uniformly, reward hard work and exceeded expectations the same way for every employee, and try hard to have a positive attitude, even toward employees that are difficult to get along with.

Don’t just manage your employees create good relationship with them, be friendly but not be friends with them, respect them and they will respect you as well. Play by the same rules your employees are expected to play by. Don’t take advantage of your status as a manager or business owner to make exceptions for yourself, or you risk creating an “us versus them” environment which is toxic and will destroy the chances of any amazing growth and developments within a company.

Written by:

Kane Hansen