Human interaction guides self-development, interpersonal rapport, and collaborative achievement. Taken collectively, employee relations catalyze individual awareness, group cohesion, and organizational success. As a strategic advantage, employee relations must be constantly leveraged to maximize an individual’s potential, as a person and as an employee.
Fulfilling one’s potential enhances self-worth, relationship quality, and life balance. When applied to a work setting, the company’s organizational culture conveys direct impact, thereby creating an ambient feeling of trust, respect, and interdependence with co-workers. Human resources programs should promote sound employee relations practices.
This softer, subtle side of the company interweaves fairness throughout its daily operations. When this aspect of the organization is left unattended, personal, procedural, or professional differences quickly result, often leaving the participants defensive, distrustful, and disenfranchised. For employee relations to be effective, eliciting high levels of morale and productivity, the following features must be continually held to a high, sincere, and transparent standard:
- Grievance Procedures
- One-on-one Meetings
- Individual Communication
- Organizational Communication
- Employee Engagement
- Group Dynamics
- Conflict Resolution
- Attitude Development
Trust is a strategic advantage. The interpersonal quality with which employees interact with each other should not be left to chance. While the detrimental effects of negligence in this area are grave, the benefits of active inclusion are limitless. Always have a strategic advantage.
Steve Cesare Ph.D.
has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience. Prior to joining The Harvest Group, Steve worked with Bemus Landscape, Jack in the Box, the County of San Diego, Citicorp, and NASA. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University, and has authored 68 human resources journal articles. As a member of The Harvest Group, Steve’s areas of expertise include: staffing, legal compliance, wage and hour issues, training, and employee safety. Read Steve's full bio.