Building work relationships with your staff is one of the keys to having a successful business. It is also the key to creating a fun and positive work environment. Here are some tips to help you establish good relationships with your employees.
As the leader of your company, you should be able to identify the strengths of your employees. Every individual in a work place has a unique skill set that needs to be unlocked. It is your job to maximize their talent. Doing that leads to an increase in productivity, trust and loyalty to the company.
Find the Right Balance
You always need to find the right balance. You should know when being friendly is too much. In a workplace, everyone expects mutual respect. If you feel comfortable as the leader and you take your role seriously, your staff will most likely feel comfortable and take their jobs seriously as well.
Having a high employee retention rate starts with a great company culture. Most of the time, people looking for jobs tend consider the culture of the company. They would most likely consider working for a fun and hassle-free work environment.
Some companies monitor their employees like robots and they believe that this will increase productivity. In some cases, this is true but most of the time, it’s not. Freedom makes people happy, reduce stress and pressure. It also helps employees think out of the box.
A fun workplace is a productive workplace. Think of it as a second home for your employees. You have to make sure that everything is in place. It doesn’t have to be the best office. Important thing is, all the basic needs of your employees are there. Also, keep the workplace clean always. Get rid of those pests that carry harmful bacteria and could cause diseases. Consider workplace perks such as work from homes, flexible schedules and BBQ Fridays as well.
Growing a business starts by building positive relationships with your staff. Provide them with what they need (not with what they want). Level with them and try to understand where they are coming from. Provide a productive environment to support their work. Finally, motivate them to go the extra mile.
Paulo Bondoc is the Director and COO of Pacific Fumigation Co. Inc, a company that distributes agricultural, urban and public health pesticides and provides services such as fumigation, general pest control and termite control. He’s been in the pest management industry for more than 15 years. He is also a speaker of various fumigation and related topics across the Philippines.