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Employee relations is about creating and maintaining a positive working relationship between an organization and its people. An important part of that relationship is the culture, and the extent to which the organization seeks to be resolution-focused.

One of the pressing issues facing organizations now is the need to raise employee’s productivity. There is a widespread belief that productivity improvement can be achieved through a fundamental reform in the area of employee relations.

By maintaining constructive employee relations, developing training measures geared towards employee career advancement, having attractive and competitive remunerations; organizations can hope to keep employees motivated, loyal and more engaged in their work.

In this article, we would be identifying ways employee relations affect productivity and how to improve productivity in organizations.

Employee relations generally deal with avoiding and resolving issues concerning individuals which may arise out of or influence the work space.

Strong employee relation depends upon healthy and safe work environment. Involvement and commitment of all employees, incentives for employee motivation and effective communication system in the organization.

Improved relationships and collaborations in the workplace will certainly lead to employees using their skills and time to the fullest with minimal distractions. Healthy employee relations lead to a more efficient, motivated and productive employee which in turn leads to increase in production level.

A recent study by Bltyon revealed that employees do not put in their best practices when they are unhappy with the government, management or fellow colleague. All these actions taken by employee to display their grievances do harm to the organization as productivity is reduced.

When employees have a strong, healthy relationship with their employers, the entire company benefits. Studies show that employees who have mutually respectful relationships with their employers are more likely to be happy, loyal and productive in the long-run.


As can be seen from earlier discuss, employee relations plays a major role in employee productivity and by extension the organization’s productivity as well thereby making it a necessary tool, so let’s talk on some ways to improve employee relations;

Share, review and update employee expectations. Encourage open communication to identify obstacles and issues. Don’t neglect consistent feedback and recognition. Encourage discussion and sharing of thoughts. Share knowledge; people need to be able to actively share knowledge within an organization Facilitate innovation

Engage employees Encourage reasonable disagreements, yes people need to be able to have honest opinions and have healthy disagreements. Encourage employee empowerment: This involves giving employees responsibility and autonomy to manage their own work and make decisions to achieve their own goals.

In conclusion, to maintain a positive employee relations, an organization must first view employees as stakeholders and contributors in the company rather than simply as paid laborers. This perspective encourages those in management and executive roles to seek employee feedback, to value their input more highly, and to consider the employee experience when making decisions that affect the entire company.

STRUGZ can help your organization in creating and delivering people practices which develop and maintain positive working relationship. We are a Public Relations, Legal, Business Management and Training Consulting Firm, with a passion to help your organization improve in employee relations.

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