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Good Employee Relations

Reducing staff turn-over can save time and improve your business significantly. In order to remain content in the workplace employees need motivation and encouragement and as a business manager it is your decisions which affect those two things. The best workplace environments are created by managers who:

  • Know their staff
  • Take training seriously
  • Actively encourage communication
  • Promote their staff from within
  • Create a comfortable environment

When there are so many other pressing tasks for a business manager to deal with, these can often fall to the side. There are however, affordable and time efficient strategies for creating a better work environment, including:

Staff Appraisals

One of the best ways to achieve this kind of environment is through staff appraisals. These can be in the form of standardised forms on which you can set an overview of each employee's role, including a statement of their main responsibilities, achievements and constructive suggestions for the future.

Staff appraisals might also be in the form of interviews. These should have a formal setting but it should be made clear the objective is not simply to judge past performance in order to put the staff at ease.

Sometimes the most useful outcome of staff appraisals is the feedback gained from talking with employees. Giving staff the opportunity to air their views outside of staff meetings can enable you to identify potential problems in the early stages.

Staff Incentives

Staff incentives are another great booster for the friendliness of the working environment. Staff incentives need not impact on profitability, but rather enhance it. There already exist many low-cost incentives used by business managers today, for example:

  • Flexitime can allow staff greater freedom in their work-life balance. Generally, employers require staff to be at work during certain core hours, with flexibility built in around these times.
  • Transport loans can be cost-effective and easy to implement: your company pays up front for travel costs and then recoups the money through monthly payroll deductionscan include season ticket loans.
  • Gym memberships are now very popular, and if you have a health club near your office, this is a relatively easy perk to implement. Negotiate a staff discount and then pass the savings on to staff.
  • Giving extra holidays is an effective way of rewarding long service or loyalty. It doesn't cost anything, as long as you don't need to employ a temp to cover any shortfall in work.
  • Handing out Performance awards in a relaxed, social setting is a fun, low-cost way to recognise hard workers and gives employees something to strive for. An engraved plaque and a voucher for a local restaurant won't break the bank and will be greatly appreciated by the recipient

 

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