Updated: Jun 30, 2020
When I first started working I was very enthusiastic working for someone, learning the trade and building my skills. But, it soon became apparent that not all employers treated their employees fairly or equally. I quickly realized they were forgetting the value of their employees. I was becoming a number to them and an expendable one as well.
After working for several employers, I quit my job and created my own business because I didn’t want to work for someone who didn’t value me, my skills, or the amount of effort put forth. I wanted to do what I loved and not build someone else’s dream. As I grow myself and my company, I hope to employ people who want continuous growth and encouragement. I would like to show my passion for my industry, help them grow and shape their career, inspire them to keep learning, and give back the knowledge they learn to someone else.
I came across this article on Forbes.com, “Why a Strong Employee/Employer Relationship is Important” by William Craig, that talks about employee and employer relationships and how you as a business owner or as a manager/leader in your organization can make an impact on someone and be a mentor. The success of a company is directly linked to customer loyalty but often the impact of employee loyalty is forgotten and misses the attention it needs.
As the author explains “Employers are not drill sergeants who belt out orders for employees to follow.” Taking the time to build relationships with your employees instead of just delegating orders will encourage them to focus, develop new skills, and feel like an integral part of the business.
In this article he focuses on three topics:
Rethink Hierarchy – Describes how each employee has basic needs that need to be met. Both the employer and the employee need to communicate to ensure a supportive environment. Employees should also know the importance of their role and the role of their coworkers. Understanding the employee structure will enable them to make decisions and shape their career with a company.
Invest in Employee Networks and Loyalty – Explains how business leaders must network and take an interest in their employees. They must encourage employees to network both at work and outside the office as well. Maintaining positive relationships will build rapport and build their individual reputations that they can carry with them throughout their career.
Broaden the Scope of Employee Experience - Details the importance of helping and encouraging your employees to step out of their comfort zone, try new jobs or projects and build their confidence.
I believe, the more effort you put in to building the employee/employer relationship the more focussed your employees will be. With a team of professionals maintaining a positive environment, working together, helping each other to grow and succeed can only have a positive impact on your company reputation, image and production.
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