When it comes to running a profitable business, one of the key components necessary for success is maintaining a good relationship with the workforce. But, understanding how to keep employees engaged during periods of change is not always a simple task.
Here at Hutchinson Group, we work with companies, both unionized and non-unionized, that need assistance in developing effective strategies for maintaining positive employee relations. Utilizing a focus group style approach, we get suggest meeting with small group to discuss current problems and identify potential solutions.
Also, during periods of change is helpful to ensure that the company has clear policies in place, helping to avoid confusion. While it might sound like a minor point, clear policies go a long way towards improving employee relations in any company. Listed below are some of the benefits derived from a company having clear accessible policies in place.
#1: It Sets Clear Expectations
Everyone wants to understand what is expected of them. No one wants to come to work unclear about what is needed from them. During a merger or a big change in your company’s structure, expectations often become foggy.
Having clear-cut policies in place allows everyone to understand what is expected of them, greatly improving their chances for success. Without clear policies, management can quickly lose direction and focus.
#2: It Protects All Parties
Policies exist for a reason. They offer protection and guidance for everyone involved. From well-known policies, such as established work rules and job duties, to lesser known policies, it is vital that your employees, managers, and entire team operate to a clear set of expectations.
The best way to protect everyone is to work with a professional team to develop and implement the right policies. Our team has years of experience in this area in assessing your current policies and suggesting new innovative ideas that will improve your business performance.
#3: It Allows You to Lead Company Culture
Well develop policies and practices can also be useful in developing your company’s culture and establishing a direction for future success. Without the proper policies in place, it is likely your employees will be fragmented and not operate as an effective unified team. This can cause your business to become a completely different place than you want.
A key to leading your culture is to not only dictate the right policies but to also implement the policies properly. Handing out an employee handbook on day one is not enough for ideal implementation. Working with your entire management team to properly integrate policies in day-to-day operations is an essential part of leading your culture in the direction you want.
#4: It Ensures Everyone Is On The Same Page
Clearly defined policies ensure that your entire team is on the same page. This keeps communication clear and helps to lower the number of issues and impediments management faces daily. When there is a policy in place that you can point to, like a roadmap, it is hard for someone to plead ignorance or stray from the intended direction. Again, keeping your whole team on the same page goes a long way in reducing daily conflicts.
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If you are interested in improving employee relations in your business, reach out to our team at Hutchinson Group today. We can assist you in identifying existing issues, as well as in implementing the best policies for your business’ needs. Contact us for further information about our array of services.