Building strong employee relations is essential for any business that wants to succeed. When employees feel valued and respected, they are more likely to be engaged and productive at work. However, building these relationships takes time and effort.
Here are some tips for success in building strong employee relations:
Encourage open communication:
According to Forbes, “One of the most critical elements of a healthy work environment is open communication.”
Make sure that employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas with you and their colleagues. There are simple areas of support that HR Consultants at Career Contacts can offer, including employee surveys, policy and program audits, creating opportunity for dialogue in safe spaces, and training and development at all levels (to name a few).
Create a positive work environment:
A positive work environment can have a significant impact on employee morale. This includes everything from the physical space to the company culture. Consider things like flexible work arrangements, recognition programs, and team-building activities. In order to truly be effective, they must be created in collaboration with the employees, be customised to your organization and industry, and ensure business continuity and growth.
Provide opportunities for growth:
According to HR Technologist, “Employees who feel that they are growing and developing are more likely to be engaged and productive.” Providing training and development opportunities can help employees feel like they are advancing in their careers. Whether it’s soft skills training, technical training, opportunities to shadow or take on new projects, employees feel seen and valued when organizations invest in their futures.
Recently for one of our clients, Career Contacts supported an internal HR team in implementing a “Lunch and Learn” series, where employees could attend monthly presentations on a variety of topics. These sessions allowed employees to learn new skills, network with their colleagues, and feel more connected to the company. The success of the program was a combination of offerings that aligned with the interests of the employees, the support of management and leadership, the varied methods of delivery (we provide options of live in person, live virtual and pre recorded), and the diverse learning styles to accommodate a diverse group of learners.
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