All people are different due to personalities, variable family environments, social attitudes, financial situations, education, cultural and religious influences, etc. These factors and others affect people in many ways, which makes it easy to see why we have such a wide range of relationships with each other. And yet many organizations have been very fortunate in building good working relationships. Still, this is an area which is encouraged to be focused and made a priority. Therefore, what have you done to create good working relationships in your company? Which specific issues have needed improvement? What relationship factors are more challenging? What efforts are more successful?
- Providing frequent small group employee exchanges have been valued. A facilitator who is sensitive to encourage brief, insightful points or suggestions helps to “walk thru” and discuss sensitive topics without getting into too much details but sharing ideas.
- Allow for sets of small mixed groups to meet with their supervisor once a month to discuss concerns before anything becomes “a problem”.
- Consider arranging a speaker once a quarter to discuss solutions or new information on matters that would be insightful to an organization, including health issues.
- Use a confidential box in which employees could leave questions or ideas that address areas of concern and have employers to honestly but tactfully answer or respond in a monthly newsletter without including any names. This could clear the air without getting into a debate or going into too much detail.
- As Human Resources or other business resources are able to locate videos or links that could educate any HR-related issues, offer either a video library, a link, or a group setting, where individuals or small groups might watch, and possibly discuss later, if it would be useful.
If any 2-4 employees are having differences of opinions, their group leaders could arrange a small, private meeting for them, setting a specific amount of time to encourage a brief, straight-forward exchange for a resolution with the leader facilitating.
Being respectful and understandably focused can lead to mutual understandings. Contact Compass Career Management Solutions for Workforce Behavior Forums.