Question of the Month: What Should the Boss/Employee Relationship Look Like?

Although many people balk at the idea of being friends with their boss outside of work, for some it’s totally normal. A productive boss/employee relationship is an integral part of developing a workforce of engaged workers, but the form it takes can be quite different from one person to the next. So, we want to know, what do you believe the boss/employee relationship should look like? Let us know by voting in our poll.

9 Responses to Question of the Month: What Should the Boss/Employee Relationship Look Like?

  1. Tiffany M Estes November 21, 2017 at 6:54 am #

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    • Steven Pearce December 4, 2017 at 7:49 am #

      As an employee i need to respect the positions of authority that are over me. I don’t have to agree with every decision, or even like the authority above me to the point of having personal relationship with them, but i do need to conduct myself in a way that shows respect to the position of authority no matter who hold the position.

      A leader you need to consider the company objectives, and not be willing to compromise the integrity of the job of company in dealing with employees. Treat each employee with respect and do your best to equip them and train them to be successful at their jobs. If they make mistakes, use that as opportunity for a corrective action, and get them involved in the solutions so that going forward they will find success and satisfaction of knowing that they helped in finding the solutions to their errors or mistakes. If someone is deliberately being insubordinate, or breaking rules they are naturally going to recieve a corrective action along with a written reprimand. The leader/boss should equip, train, motivate, empower, support and not just lord over people, and that creates an environment of people that feel good about a job well done, and even if they don’t care for you on a personal level they will respect you in the position, and honor the authority of the position.

    • Anne Welsh December 4, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      Managers should let employees know how the employees’ functions directly impact the business. That way, the employees can prioritize the details of their positions to meet the company’s mission/vision.

      Employees should make sure that they work toward those priorities and have open discussions with their managers when something gets in the way of their success. The problem solving should be a combined effort.

  2. Hank Warmbier November 21, 2017 at 8:28 am #

    Boss/Employee relationship should be such that there is trust both ways and both boss and employee should be openly willing to learn from each other, especially when the boss has less years of experience than does the employee.

  3. Lenora Moore November 21, 2017 at 9:12 am #

    I personally believe the boss/employee relationship should look like where they can be friendly, get along, be on one accord, and can talk to each other about anything.

  4. Webster Doherty November 21, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Friendly, but not deeply involved in each other’s personal lives.

  5. Larry Lassiter November 21, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    The relationship should be one of mutual respect, and understanding.

  6. Dr. Luciano Santini November 22, 2017 at 11:10 am #

    I believe that relationships need to be strong between leadership and staff. There should always be engaging conversations. Servant leadership should be practiced as much as possible with a clear understanding of what that truly means. Understanding human relations goes along way when people are needed in any crisis. Dr. Luciano Santini

  7. Mary Lou Sheedy December 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm #

    Relationships within the office need to be respectful, caring, and supportive along with an honest dialog on every level. Communication works best when the environment encourages each individual to be open in expressing their ideas and concerns to others on the team and also to be open when receiving this information as well. It should be clear that the desire is to work for the common good and success of the team and the company.

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