Small Business Tax Center
Small Business Ideas, Grants &
Plans to Start & Run a Business:

Small Business Grants
Network in Cyberschmooz Community Ask Questions Questions and Answers Share Tips Small Business Ideas List Your Business Business Advice from Idea Cafe Experts Coffee Talk with Experts Starting A Business Business Plan Biz Planning | Sample Plans Small Business Ideas Idea Name Your Biz Name Plan Your Biz Plan Financing $ Starting a Business Do It! Running your Business Marketing Tips Promotional Merchandise Marketing Tips Marketing | Sales | Customers Human Resources HR | Employees | Contractors Legal Forms & Tax Information Legal | Biz Forms Managing a Business Managing | Operations
Financing Resources Financing Your Business E Commerce & Webhosting eCommerce Take Out Info Trade Publications FREE Trade Publications Business Books Biz Books Your Own Business Small Business News Small Biz News Gen X Biz Gen X Biz Work at Home Work @ Home Business Information The Fridge - Biz Info on Ice Destress Send Awards Send Awards & Greetings Yoga At Your Desk Yoga @ Your Desk Fun Guide Guide to Find FUN Online About Idea Cafe Press Idea Cafe has received Idea Cafe in the News Idea Cafe's Kudos Kudos for Idea Cafe Advertise on Idea Cafe Advertise on Idea Cafe Privacy Policy Privacy Policy Contact Idea Cafe Contact Idea Cafe Link to Idea Cafe Link to/from Idea Cafe Join Idea Cafe
Search Idea Cafe Site Directory Site Map Online directory to business resources Biz Web Guide

Expert Answers to Biz Questions

Listen in! Pick up some expert advice to a reader's question that we selected from CyberSchmooz.

color business bar

Good Employee Relations


What separates the good jobs from the bad ones? It turns out that the answer is usually “the boss.” Sure, making a good wage matters, but research shows that one of the biggest reasons employees don’t like their job is because they don’t like their supervisor. Sometimes, people are promoted to management positions without any clear idea of what a good manager does. That can lead to poor communication with the people they supervise, which can in turn lead to poor office morale. There are numerous ways to be a bad boss, and there are even more ways to be just plain mediocre, which means your employees don’t hate you, but they also don’t really respect you. Strive to be more than middling.

Be Fair

Fairness is a big deal. If you have trouble figuring out what are fair management practices, then it’s past time to learn. All humans have biases. When someone complains about “biased reporters,” they’re complaining about the fact that people who write the news are humans. However, we can’t let those biases get in the way of doing our job, regardless of if it’s working for a national newspaper or supervising a team of twenty people in an office.

We often feel biased towards people who remind us of ourselves or people we love. Again, that’s a natural impulse in many ways. Let’s say there’s an employee named Brian, who is a little too sarcastic with his coworkers sometimes. But hey, you’re sarcastic too, and you secretly think he’s funny. So, you let a few remarks slide, when they should be addressed. That can hurt company morale. We all like to joke around; however, no one likes to feel like they’re the butt of every joke. If someone comes to you because they’re concerned about a remark Brian made, don’t say, “Oh, he doesn’t mean anything by it.” Listen to what your employee is trying to tell you.

Bring in Help

One part of knowing how to manage is knowing when it’s time to bring in someone else to help with a complicated situation. Every company should have a formal human resources department, including smaller ones. If your company doesn’t have that, it’s time to make some noise. Even a small business in Australia should be able to find human resources in Brisbane. When there’s no real HR department, it becomes harder for certain issues to be addressed in a timely manner.

Human resources employees are there to look out for the company’s interests. However, that shouldn’t mean letting the company steamroll its employees in ways that are illegal or unethical. If your HR department is a joke, then your employees are going to lose a great deal of respect for the company as a whole. Discrimination issues also can’t be overlooked. If there’s evidence of a company mistreating an employee who is part of a protected class, things can get ugly fast. Remember that some states and cities offer additional protections that aren’t offered by the federal government. Being a decent, fair manager is much easier than defending yourself against lawsuits.


Small Business Tax CenterIdea Cafe HomeSign UpBiz Grant CenterCyberSchmoozCoffee Talk with ExpertsPeople in Biz ProfilesStarting Your BizBiz PlanningRunning Your BizFREE Trade PublicationsMarketingFinancing Your BizHuman ResourcesLegal & Biz FormsManaging Your BizeCommerceYou and Your BizGen XWork@HomeThe FridgeDe-StressSend an AwardSend an eGreetingYoga @ Your DeskWeb GuideIdea Cafe in the NewsAbout Idea CafeAdvertise on Idea CafeContact UsPrivacy PolicySite MapSmall Biz News

Copyright 1995-2024, Idea Cafe Inc. Downloads are for personal use only, not for resale to others, and may not be reprinted in any form without written permission from Idea Cafe Inc.

DISCLAIMER: We hope whatever you find on this site is helpful, but be cautioned that it may not apply to your own situation, or be totally current at any given time. Idea Cafe Inc. and all of its current and past experts, sponsors, advertisers, agents, contractors and advisors disclaim all warranties with regard to anything found anywhere on this family of websites, quoted from, or sent from Idea Cafe. and its related sites, publications and companies. We also take no responsibility for comments published by others on these pages.

TRADEMARKS: The following are Registered Trademarks or Servicemarks of DevStart, Inc.: Idea Cafe®, Online Coffee Break®, The Small Business Gathering Place®, Take out Info®, Biz Bar & Grill®, Complaint-O-Meter®, A Fun Approach to Serious Business™, CyberSchmooz™, and BizCafe™.