50 years of employee relations expertise in less than 200 words

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I had the chance to listen to a very forward thinking  labor relations executive last week about his learnings from 55 years with the same employer.    Wait…what?  55 years, I mean who does that anymore, right?  Well, this guy did, and he had some pretty basic insights into labor relations.

Here”s what he had to say:

  • Your employee will only think about going outside your company for help  for a couple of reasons.
  1. You have something  they want, and they’re seeking help to get it.
  2. You gave them something they like, and now they are afraid you are going to take it away.
  3. You don’t listen to them when they tell you stuff.

Good employee relations practices can help you avoid these issues, according to my guy. It also helps to remove poor performers from your organization, andots reward excellent organizational achievements on a regular basis.

The final piece of advice from my friend is brilliantly simple.  Believe in your culture, run your organization with your employees as the top priority, and have the intestinal fortitude to face challenges with resolve if they come your way.

Thats fifty years of employee relations expertise in under 200 words.

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