| The 6 Sacred Tenets Of A Successful And Healthy Manager/Employee Relationship

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It’s often said that two heads are better than one. This saying emphasizes the importance of compassion, teamwork, and mutual understanding. Of course, on the surface, this can seem easy. When it comes to achieving a certain goal, two people, even if they don’t initially get along, might form an unlikely pact to help the other person relieve their stress and achieve the rewards. This is why unlikely countries can help fight a war together, or help when a humanitarian effort is required.

However, in the workplace, getting along with your boss might seem the most unintuitive relationship to foster, especially if your personalities are diametrically opposed. Luckily, the world of business doesn’t demand that you and your boss become best friends and start doing everything together like high school best friends.

All that the world of commerce asks is that you work together well. If you cannot provide this, then you will fail. It’s that simple. New and small businesses have a tough enough time keeping the doors open in the first place to have to worry about small interpersonal disputes that mean nothing in the bigger picture.

There are two quite important considerations you must keep in mind to maintain a successful manager/employee relationship, and it requires both sides work at it throughout their entire business relationship together. Doing so will not only help their career but will affect your career for the profoundly better too. The following six tips should be taken as gospel, and will let you know the methods for cultivating this most important of relationship:

 

It’s Based on Respect

Respect is usually earned and not freely given, but sometimes providing a little respect to lubricate the wheels can get the relationship moving. Be mindful of your managers or employees time, and only take it when necessary. If they aren’t completing their duties to standard, offer to lend a hand in the spirit of co-operative teamwork, as opposed to condemning or belittling. The ideal manager respects the space and capability of those under him, while the employee will listen to the manager with an open ear, even if the manager is repeating information the employee already knows.

The employee would do well to remember that managing is hard, and doesn’t come intuitively to some people. As Exponential Programs points out on their website: www.exponentialprograms.com, managing multiple employees is difficult and requires a manager keep their social discipline to a dizzying degree. Don’t read into your manager’s words too much. A simple comment can be misinterpreted as a condemnation, and the spiral of passive aggressiveness can begin. Unless your manager or employee is outright criticizing your competence, make sure that you never assume they are doing so.

 

Both Know They Can Improve

Just because you manage a worker doesn’t mean that you are a better person than them. You simply occupy a higher position in the company or service you both work for. Berating, condemning and complaining from either side will lead to a stifling in creativity and innovation because it automatically puts the other person on the defensive. This prevents communication, and that leads to less productivity. That should be enough of an argument against it. Anything that can lessen your productivity will make you seem incompetent, even if you’re not. Don’t waste your creative energy in petty arguments. Instead contribute clearly and honestly, and if this means you need to highlight an error you’ve made, be unafraid to do so. This will create a spirit of openness that the two of you can inhabit more freely.

 

No Question Is Too Large or Small

An employee might hesitate to ask a manager a simple question for fear of reprisal, and this can lead to them operating with less knowledge than they should have. A manager might hesitate to ask an employee a simple question even more so for fear of losing pride or seeming less competent in their position. Both of you should make an effort to cut through this mental fog that clouds your clear decision making. We are all human; we all forget information we need. Don’t be afraid to ask.

 

Dress Is Respected

In the military, correct dress is emphatically emphasized at all times to ensure that officers and privates stand on equal footing. This can benefit your workplace culture, and more importantly you as an individual manager or employee. This article from Riskology details the link between dressing well and performing well.

Dress well and appropriately for work, and keep yourself well-maintained. Present-ability is a virtue, and it shows that you respect the space in which you work. For an employee, it’s important to dress well to show that you respect the position you occupy and would like to execute your tasks efficiently. For the manager, dressing well is a symbol for the staff to look up to, and should speak of the values that helped you achieve your position in the first place.

 

Work Isn’t All

Remember, even if you both have completely opposite personalities with absolutely zero in common, you are both humans. Small talk never hurts. Don’t keep everything about business in your exchanges, to lighten the burden of getting into a fixed discourse with them. At its most awkward, small talk can be as simple as a quiet word about the weather or news of that day. No one is asking you for poetry, but your workplace comfort does require some form of sociability to make the long workdays somewhat bearable.

 

Both Share the Credit

If you achieve something, make sure that the higher ups that come to praise you are aware of your manager’s contribution to the effort, or the great work of the employees(s) that allowed your department to flourish. This ‘everyone profits’ attitude can help you greatly increase the favor of the opposite party and can help both of your careers tremendously. The people who manage managers are usually stimulated to see positive employee/manager relationships because it shows that their departments are fluidly executing their responsibilities. This allows for both of you to climb the corporate ladder more efficiently than if you were working against each other.

You’ll notice that these tips are social etiquette that are ideal but are intensified. The world of business is intense, and as such requires a complete framework of positive social discourse. Be the change you’d like to see in your office, and the whole department, employees and managers alike will benefit as a result.

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