Employees obviously play a critical role in a company. Most California employers know that, but it often bears repeating. After all, without employees, a company might not succeed – or even survive.

Therefore, employers should take care to develop a healthy relationship with their employees.

WHY SHOULD EMPLOYERS FOCUS ON A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH EMPLOYEES?

Cultivating a healthy, professional relationship with employees is critical because it can:

  1. Significantly increase productivity and quality;
  2. Promote loyalty; and
  3. Decrease the chance of lawsuits.

A good relationship does not eliminate conflict. However, if employees do have concerns, they will likely be more willing to bring their concerns to their employer if they have a trusting relationship. The relationship must be genuine for employers to experience these benefits. A healthy employer-employee relationship should be based on mutual trust, communication and support.

VALUES ARE PLAYING A BIGGER ROLE IN THE WORKPLACE THAN EVER BEFORE

This relationship might also depend on the elements of the workplace environment, such as:

  • The physical environment of the workplace; and
  • The values that both the company and employer promote.

At the beginning of November 2019, the CEO of the fast-food chain McDonald’s was terminated because he carried on a romantic relationship with a colleague. According to NBC, the CEO was ousted because values are playing a larger role for employees across the nation.

Employers should take this new focus on values seriously. It might be helpful for employers to revisit their employee handbooks or policies, or perhaps even revise their strategies for how they connect with their employees.