According to USA Today, good benefits and fair compensation are what makes women most satisfied at work, rating an 84 and 81 percent, respectively. Other factors include high trust between managers and workers (81%), rewards for excellence (77%), and open communications (75%).
Benefits and compensation are easy, but it’s the relationship building part that involves a lot of effort and time. Here are some things you can do to improve relations in the workplace:
- Reward employees for doing a good job. It may be as simple as leaving a note at an employee’s workstation, sending off a congratulatory e-mail, or better yet, a small gift.
- Try to make time for small talk. It doesn’t have to be about work. Here’s a secret: People like to talk about themselves (which probably explains our penchant for talk shows). Small talk helps build rapport, and it improves working relationships. It’s easy to work with people we like, didn’t you notice?
- Keep communication lines open. Start Mondays talking about the week’s goals over coffee. You don’t always have to be looking over their shoulder, but be there when you’re needed.Â The best managers are those who know when to let go.
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