Employers sometimes have bad relationships with their employees because they do not know how to create a positive atmosphere. A healthy work environment does not simply happen. Owners and managers must work to create a work place in which their employees may feel welcome and valued.
Communicate. Make sure employees know what you expect and don't make them guess or assume they are doing a good job when they are not. Tell them if they are doing well or poorly.
Listen. Employees should not only feel secure in the knowledge that they may express their opinions, but they should also be encouraged to do so. When your employees offer observations or suggestions, let them know that their input is appreciated.
Be consistently fair. Avoid favoritism. If you favor certain employees by assigning them preferred work, it causes resentment.
Follow your own policies. Avoid the use of a double standard.
Treat your employees with respect.