Many of us spend more time with colleagues at work than we do with our spouses and families. Healthy and thriving relationships are important in the workplace as they build unity and a pleasant environment in which to work. There are many benefits to having a cohesive and relational workplace including improved teamwork and collaboration. When co-workers know and like each other they are more likely to work well together, complete projects in record time and have fun doing it. Healthy relationships in the workplace improves the morale of the office. Individuals are excited to come to work to see their colleagues. There is less sick time, less accidents, higher productivity and less turnover rates. All these things together help the company grow, decreasing costs and increasing outputs.
I was getting my nails done and talking to the customer in the next station. I asked where she worked. She told me she had just changed jobs and taken a significant pay cut. She went on to say that even though she is making less money, she is much happier. As we continued, she told me she hated going to work because of relational strife even though she loved her job. This gal was willing to change jobs, take a pay cut and start over because of an unhealthy relational climate.
Studies quantify how much it costs for job turnover and lack of retention rates. Data outlines the cost of getting an employee out of all company benefits, desk spaces, HR issues, Department of Labor requirements, then recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, onboarding them into HR systems costs, on average, $18,000 per employee.
Employees who have a shared vision and mission, clear job descriptions, accountability, fair wages and a pleasant working environment feel connected and work together to make the company grow.
The Center for Relationship Education goes a step farther to find out each employee’s personality and love language. Once we know each team member’s personality and love language, we can anticipate their natural responses to projects and to how to reward them for a job well done.
For the Lion personality: they need the bottom line. For Otters, they need the project to be fun with movement, music and humor along the way. For Golden Retrievers, they need to do the project in pairs with affirmations and encouragement. For Beavers, it must be done right with clear outcomes and quality control.
Additionally, learning each employee’s love language helps us reward them personally when a job was done well. For those whose love language is Acts of Service, we reward them with a car wash or other service. For Words of Affirmation: we speak highly of them in front of peers. For Touch: We give a certificate for a spa. For Gifts: We give them a gift. For Quality Time: We take them to lunch.
The Center for Relationship Education Corporate Workshops are designed to increase relational health and productivity. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.myrelationshipcenter.org.
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