Stablishing and maintaining good work relationships is the key to a positive workplace. Effective businesses encourage the development of positive relationships between managers and employees as well as amongst coworkers. All businesses can foster positive workplace relationships by creating a strong mission statement and an upbeat team-based environment. Strengthen workplace relationships by setting clear expectations, practicing constant communication and offering timely responses to both positive workplace behavior and employee issues or concerns.

  1. Create a clear and concise company mission statement and distribute a copy of the statement to each employee. The mission statement should outline the purpose of the business. Discuss how the mission statement fits with employees’ personal values and roles in the company. Hold regular staff meetings to highlight recent company activities as well as discuss how employees are working toward or upholding the business’s mission.
  2. Encourage teamwork through formal and informal team-building activities. Arrange a company-oriented outing, such as bowling or mini-golf, or involve the office in a team-based charitable activity. Good relationships in the workplace thrive when individuals feel part of a team and comfortable with their teammates. According to a 2008 study published by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, respect and trust amongst co-workers and between supervisors and staff leads to greater collaboration, innovation and efficiency in the workplace.
  3. Communicate group expectations immediately and regularly. Set high performance expectations and emphasize the importance of each employee’s role to the success of the business. Coach managers on maintaining good relationships with their staff. Emphasize the need for two-way communication, clear and precise instructions, and the need for individuals to feel respected as both individuals and crucial contributors to the final service or product of the company.
  4. Set clear and measurable goals for your individual staff members. Employees must know what to do, how to do it, how well the task must be done and where to turn for help. To that end, provide detailed job descriptions and offer training with feedback from supervisors. Additionally, employees must clearly understand what constitutes satisfactory work and exactly how their performance will be measured.
  5. Reward great work as quickly as possible, and address problems or concerns immediately. Acknowledge staff members publicly with written or verbal commendations when they exceed performance expectations and provide assistance to those who are failing. Model the behavior of creating good workplace relationships by actively seeking opportunities to offer assistance that will help co-workers or support staff do their jobs better.
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