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Fix Relationships with Employees, Improve the Team as a Whole

Bad bosses can lead to a tired staff.

Not all business relationships are going to go well. In fact, there will be many instances when employees and their bosses don't get along, according to Lynne Sarikas, director of Northeastern University's MBA Career Center. 

"The hiring manager wades through piles of résumés and conducts multiple interviews to find the best candidate for the job," said Sarikas in an interview with CareerBuilder. "The candidate researches the company, asks insightful questions during the interviews and even talks with networking contacts."

When employers do their due diligence before adding new staff members, it will often lead to finding talented workers who are able to carry out their roles effectively for years to come. However, in some instances, things just don't work out, and there could be a number of reasons for this. 

"In spite of best efforts on both sides of the hiring equation, sometimes things don't work out as planned," said Sarikas. "What is the employee to do if he just doesn't get along with the boss?"

Improve the Relationship
Sometimes a little communication between employers and their workforce can alleviate the problems that they are having together, Sarikas said. Here are a few steps provided by Sarikas that employers can follow when meeting with staff members that are causing problems:

  1. Provide feedback in a calm manner.
  2. Talk about how the employee fits in with the rest of staff.
  3. Discuss ways he or she can improve in the roles.
  4. Ask if there is an interpersonal problem.
  5. Identify the issue, and work on improving the relationship.

You Don't Know Why Your Staff Dislikes You?
Other times relationships with employees are irreparable, and bosses don't even know it. Whether their employees don't like their managing style, they are overwhelmed in their roles or they simple don't get along with members of the staff, bosses who are in jeopardy of losing their workforce need to learn why they are disliked by their team. An article for Forbes shared some common traits employers will possess when a majority of their staff is not a fan of them.

  • Forgetful and spacey: Employees rely on their bosses to be the leader, and if they are constantly having to be reminded about important processes going on at the workplace, the patience of their team members will begin to run thin. When employers fail to supply their staff with the information they need to succeed in their positions, it will wear on their team and begin to form an attitude of resentment throughout the whole workforce.
  • Disrespectful and mean-spirited: Bosses who fail to set a strong example for their team by being inappropriate in the office and unfriendly to everyone within the company can often find that their employees will begin to dislike them. Employees will work harder for someone who is nice to them and takes care of their needs. Being mean can make staff members personally dislike their bosses, creating several fractured relationships along the way.
  • Overwhelmed and clueless: There are often bosses who are handed a position they didn't deserve or were handpicked by a friend or family member for a leadership role. In these instances, many leaders will have trouble in their new roles and often struggle considerably. Employees believe that bosses need to be groomed for years, and when the time is right they will step in to supplant their predecessor. Business leaders who are clueless will quickly be ignored by their teams.

Bosses need to learn about some of the things they can do to make their staff resentful of them and be sure to stay away from such behaviors. It's important to foster strong relationships will all members of the team.