The relationship is everything in the business world. It's ironic that we try so hard to separate the two.
It's a simple fact that people enjoy making money, learning and growing with a team that they respect and enjoy. Even if you're not friends out of work, teams work better when they have a common goal that is above the objectives of the individual.
As the leader, you have a direct influence on the employee relationships that are fostered in your building. To get the ball rolling on this, use these tips to reach your employees and get the most out of them.
Hold Frequent Social and Informal Bonding Sessions
When you promote positive employee relationships, your employees will have greater job satisfaction. Once this is the norm, you'll see that your employees will work harder for you, take fewer sick days, and will be more cohesive as a unit.
One of the best ways to get this sort of response out of your employees is by treating them as human beings and fostering their personal development, as well as their professional development. So if you push them hard during the week to get results, make sure that you're also creating opportunities for them to unwind and let their hair down.
Hold regular social gatherings or happy hours, and even consider renting out open bars in restaurants and hotels to hold celebrations. When you celebrate success regularly, your employees will feel taken care of and apart of the team.
Showing that you care and making the work environment fun will make people want to show up each and every day.
Make Company Travel A Part of the Job
You'd be surprised at the levels your company can reach when travel is a regular part of the job. Carve out some budget space for you and your team to travel to seminars, conventions and retreats.
Seeing something new regularly allows your employees to avoid burnout, recharge their batteries and remain motivated. This will also encourage new and different ideas, which will infuse new energy and innovation into your company.
Have an Open Door Policy With Everyone
Finally, the best thing you can do is make yourself completely accessible to your team.
When they feel that they can reach you when they need to, they'll feel like you listen and are attuned to their concerns. They will also feel like you're in the trenches with them, rather than just doling out tasks.
If you use these tips, you'll always be able to get the best out of your employee relationships.
I'm a standup comedian and freelance writer based in Los Angeles, CA.