Employers – The Employee / Employer Relationship

Since the last week of my job backfired a bit I’ve been thinking about the employee / employer relationship. I wanted to have a series of posts talking about my views from the way I see as like an open letter to employers about what it is that makes an employee want to work for and please their employer.

I thought for this first one it’s about the relationship and to see how things have changed a bit let’s turn the clock back to Victorian times. It was in these times that Britain was at it’s peak, technologically, economically and it’s standing int he world seemed un-movable. This Britain was built on what today we see as slave labour, workers had little to no rights. Employers would move clocks back and forward to suit themselves and get more work out of every employee. The price of disobedience or lack of performance was instant dismissal, which would lead to tough times and eventually the workhouse.


Moved on

Thankfully things have moved on a bit and there are now rights and laws in place that are always being reviewed and argued about and ultimately changed. But the world is learning that employing someone and expecting the same out of each employee isn’t as simple as paying them and expecting them to do great things.

Why is this?

Simple – everyone is different. A family person is likely to not stay as late as a single person. People have lives outside of work, but some don’t and dedicate their lives to their jobs. Comparing any one employee to another as a yardstick is as pointless as comparing a fingerprint. Everyone is aware that as job has to be done and normally every one will do their very best. Because they want to, sure they want to get paid and in nearly every case NEEDS to get paid, but using that to hold power over an employee is bad form.


Inspiring Employee’s

Pretty much every employee in every company want to be inspired to do the best job they can – they want to be seen to be doing a good job, they want to feel that their efforts and time are pleasing their employer and employee wants to please.

So when you sit in a room with your manager and they rattle on for 20 minutes about the fact that you don’t works as well or as fast as they like is that inspiring – NO! Why these managers don’t take a different angle on it I have no idea. For example I was told that I don’t work fast enough and spent 20 minutes discussing distractions and how I can work faster. When I queried them on the quality of my work the reply was “Er – I think it’s ok”

Great – you’ve just admitted that you don’t give a flying fuck about what I do – as long as it’s quick.

Turning this around it could have gone another way:

“Hey Simon, you’re doing some great work but there’s going to be a lot going on over the next few months and we need your help to get boards out faster – How can I help with this?”

The end result is still the same, I feel better because I’ve been told I do good work and the manager would feel better for having a positive conversation. Why is this so hard? Also, sometimes things take the time they take for a reason, if a manger thinks it can and should be done quicker – maybe they should show the employee how! There’s no better inspiration that a leader that actually leads.

This is the first of several posts on employers… if you like it say so – have any ideas to add, then let me know!




16 thoughts on “Employers – The Employee / Employer Relationship

  1. Oh I hear you talking brother!
    The Quantity/Quality debate is as old as the first time some folk started piling things on top of other things to make shelters.
    The basic problem that too many managers have is simple to put into words but hard to get around: ‘They are managers because their qualities put them in that post. There are staff who (maybe currently) do not want to be or cannot be managers because they do not have those qualities. Do not expect staff to think like you’
    As a manager your job is the ‘sell’ the work process to the staff, while at the same time getting the best out of each and every member of staff in accordance to who they are. You can’t force them into one shape…it don’t work dude.
    As for the ‘meetings’ thing! Urgh! You know it’s getting bad when there are meetings about the meetings
    My beloved Civil Service is sinking beneath the twin problems of less staff and meetings.
    Glad I retired in 2013.
    Keep on keeping on Simon.


  2. It sounds to me that you’re the one who should be in management. You have a much better idea on how to communicate with employees, more so than that guy who talked to you. I think you should go after his job, πŸ˜‰. I hope others in management positions will read this and learn from it.

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  3. It’s really amazing how many employers take their employees for granted. Everyone on the team I was a part of was told directly, by a previous boss, “…{you’re all} lucky to have a job…” if we weren’t happy with some aspect of the work, the demands, the lack of recognition or bonuses, etc. we were free to go. Three people, I think, gave their resignations within a week, and I walked away not long after because the resulting pressure was too much. You’d think the employers would learn, but…

    Good luck with everything, Simon.

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  4. In my past employment as an employee in an online job, I ended up resigning. And my client/employer asked me WHY? Oh common! as an employer you should be the first one to realized of why did i resigned in the first place. I work so much and you didn’t appreciate anything from it, don’t you? No bonuses and a delayed salary. I asked him back the questions he asked me, i took a deep breath (sigh) I really wondered why some peoples are keep on asking questions which they already know the answers. And the worst thing is he didn’t give me the salary I should have earned for the last month of my work into him. Pathetic isn’t it? I’m totally f**ked up.

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  5. hey Simon you are obviously referring to your own situation … having had numerous jobs I consider myself fairly knowledgable on this topic. The employers I worked hardest for were those who
    1. took an interest in all their staff
    2. who made high demands on quality and output of work but rewarded such fairly … both with praise and perks

    All relationships hinge on constructive communication but sadly the incompetent are promoted to safeguard the public and this causes huge discontent in the workplace .. sometimes the only address is to go to the next in line .. if they are not close, it’s necessary to check that fact first … good luck with it all πŸ™‚

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  6. Having a good employer/employee is so important! I’m at a point where I ended up resigning because i dreaded going to work so much. Some people just cant see any faults within themselves and refuse to change and it’s so frustrating when all we want is an employer who makes you WANT to work for them. Great post! x

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