Supervisor-employee relations are a critical part of a work place atmosphere and promoting productivity and cohesiveness. The following tips address these issues:
1. Don’t ask or expect your employees to do things you wouldn’t do. Giving consideration to job assignments shows you have respect for the employee. Think about whether the assignment is fair before you give it.
2. Be available and easy to talk with. The open door is helpful but it’s not enough. You need an open mind. Set a specific time to meet with staff. Make the rounds to see employees and to let them know you are interested in them and what they are doing and feeling.
3. Discuss your expectations with employees and check to see that both sides are in agreement. Lack of agreement on the nature and scope of tasks is a big cause of poor supervisor-employee relations.
4. Stand up for your employees. Take whatever steps you can to reduce pressures on employees. Look out for their interests. Take their part in matters when you can do so.
5. Show employees respect and confidence. Delegate important jobs you’re sure they can handle well. This will show that you see them as trustworthy and that you respect them and their skills.
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