Employee relations are basically the relationship between employees and employers of an organization. Every company’s management knows the benefits of good employee relations and always tries to find out some effective methods to build better relations with its employees, the moving cogs of an organization.
There is mayhem of those methods and ways to achieve this target, but even after applying all those techniques you might not be getting the expected results. And the main reason behind this is that you might not be applying those methods in the right manner.
Here are 5 most effective employee relation strategies and the ways to implement them the right way.
Rewards & Recognition
Rewards and recognition are the most adopted methods by HR personnel, used to create better relations with the employees of an organization. But, ‘Employee recognition doesn’t always need to be measured by the number of gifts, vouchers or vacations you give to your employees’.
There is no second opinion about the fact that employee recognition has positive effects on their relations with the employer, but it should be done the right way.
- Give them real-time recognition
- Be specific to their work
- Tell them about their work and behavior that they should continue in the future.
- Motivate them to achieve company objectives.
- Give rewards, but according to the work done.
Open door policies
Open door policy simply means keeping the door open for employees’ views and suggestions. Many time hierarchies and close system don’t allow employees to express their views to the upper management. Open door policies help them to do so, and it’s such a good way to minimize the communication gaps between managers and their employees. It not only makes the employees valued and encouraged but also creates a culture of two way and open communication in the organization.
- Intently listen to employees’ suggestions and feedback.
- Make them realize that their feedback matters.
- Try to discuss the problems they are facing in the organization.
- Deep dive to resolve any issue successfully.
Use of various Communication Channels & Transparency
According to a study performed by Watson Wyatt, businesses with effective communication practices were more than 50 percent more likely to report employee turnover levels below the industry average.
Effective communication is one of the most reliable methods to create new potent employee relations. And one-way communication is never fruitful for any company. Verbal communication is a method to communicate, but it can not replace written communication. Therefore, every important information should be circulated among all the concerned employees in the written form. The latest solution to this communication silo is making announcements, which can be through notice boards or can be posted on the company’s intranet platform such as Vneda.com, where all the employees can access the information easily. Such written communication helps in creating transparency in the organization, instead of only verbal communications.
- Emails and other collaterals such as annual reports, employee journals are the channels used for better employee communications
- The agendas, minutes of the meeting, must be circulated among all through emails.
- Notice boards and Knowledge Sharing Platform should be used for important announcements.
Celebration of special occasions
According to HuffPost “An average employee spends 1/3rd of their life at the workplace (excluding the extra hours).”
Employees work very hard for their personal and company’s productivity. Therefore, every company’s management should understand not every employee wants to celebrate their special occasions working in the office. Many of them want to celebrate such occasions with their family and friends. Managers are trying to celebrate employees’ birthdays nowadays in the office, but a half-day or a day-off can make them a lot happier. It’s also true that an organization’s work can’t go to halt because of such occasions, but a half-day or one-day complimentary off won’t hurt any growth of the company instead, it would motivate the employee.
- Try to make it a policy for employees to at least give them a half-day on their birthdays and anniversaries.
- Give them a day off, whenever they ask for celebrating such occasions.
- Work from home could also be a solution if there is an emergency or any important deadlines.
- Give them gift cards/ vouchers in regard to the budget of the company.
- Schedule work delegation by keeping the calendar and upcoming occasions in mind.
Utilization of Antecedent Experiences
Any company invests so much in its employee training and development. The average training cost per employee is $1,252, according to the Association for Talent Development’s 2016 State of the Industry Report.
Whenever an employee leaves the organization, it takes away the most important experiences and skills. Most managers think that utilization of their experiences can be done by the accomplishment of work by their trained employees, but they can also utilize such experiences by making people share them with their other co-workers. Many employers use Knowledge management and sharing platform such as Vneda.com to provide a common platform for their employees. This not only empowers other employees towards betterment but also make them realize that they can be valued by the organization, even after they are gone.
- Motivate your employees to share their experiences.
- Try to provide a knowledge-sharing platform for them.
- Try to give incentives and reward to encourage them to share their expertise.