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According to a recent report by Gallup, “One in two US adults has left their job to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career.” This makes poor relationships with bosses one of the main reasons for employees leaving. Being a great boss and building solid relationships with your employees is one of the best ways to reduce turnover and improve your culture. Here are some ways to do so.

1. Recognize the People Who Meet the Goals You Set

Employee recognition is huge. Research has found, “58 percent of employees say that giving recognition is how leaders could do more to improve engagement.” Perhaps the best way to develop awesome relationships is to simply give your employees credit for a job well done. Whenever someone meets the goals you set out, praise them for doing so and let them know their hard work is noticed.

 2. Get to Know Your Team the Right Way

 Often, the best manager/employee relationships go beyond the mere formalities of everyday business. Instead, there’s more of a personal connection where both parties truly get to know each other as people. It’s nice to set up company outings or similar events where you can socialize outside of the workplace from time to time.

3. Help Your Employees Develop and Grow

Career growth is important for most employees. Millennials in particular really value their own development with Gallup reporting, “87 percent of this age group saying it’s important in a job.” While it’s not always possible to promote everyone, you can certainly do a lot to help your employees develop and grow.

Here are some ideas:

  • offer constructive feedback
  • encourage them to take on new challenges
  • provide training/educational opportunities
  • create development program

4. Be Positive

The type of behavior you personally display will often rub off on the rest of your workforce. Therefore, it’s critical you set a good example and are a positive force. This starts by not gossiping about other employees behind their backs and treating everyone with respect. Beyond that, it’s important not to show favoritism and generally have a positive attitude.

If you want to improve your retention rate, a great place to start is by building better relationships with your employees. Following these four tips should point you in the right direction and establish a more unified workforce where employees value their jobs.

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