In this article, we will be discussing interpersonal relationships in the workplace, specifically those between coworkers and their managers. This is the third subject in our series on extrinsic motivations. As we have previously discussed, extrinsic factors may not motivate employees to perform above and beyond, but they are necessary to meet industry standards. If these standards are not met, employees may become dissatisfied and this can negatively impact their performance.
The importance of freedom of expression
Interpersonal relationships refer to both job-related and social interactions within the workplace. It’s important to note that individuals should feel free to express themselves without fear of judgment or retaliation. This is particularly relevant for women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. If individuals are not able to be their authentic selves, it can negatively impact their mental health and job satisfaction.
Employers and leaders have a responsibility to create an environment where all employees, regardless of their background, feel welcome and appreciated. If an environment is not conducive to this, the organization is likely to experience low retention rates and decreased productivity. In fact, we are currently seeing a trend where individuals are leaving jobs where they do not feel valued or welcomed.
Creating the proper work environment
It’s essential to create a work environment that meets baseline standards and allows individuals to feel comfortable being themselves. When this happens, employees are more likely to stay with the organization and be productive members of the team. However, if the organization does not meet these baseline standards, employees may become dissatisfied and seek employment elsewhere.
Employees will continue to evaluate their work environment and determine if it’s worth staying in an environment that doesn’t meet their needs. Employers and leaders must create a culture that values all employees and promotes inclusion and diversity. Failure to do so will result in a negative impact on employee satisfaction, retention rates, and organizational productivity.