Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Employee-manager relationships deteriorating

Relationships between managers and employees within the workplace are not at optimum level.

This is the view put forward by Joan Underwood, a member of the Public Relations Committee within the Human Resources Management Association of Barbados (HRMAB), during an interview on Mornin’ Barbados on CBC TV 8 to promote the upcoming People Leadership Conference

Underwood stressed the onus was not just on those within the Human Resources Department to effectively manage and keep employees engaged but rather, all those persons within the organization who are in managerial positions. 

“People still exist within organizations and this is why people management is so important. No matter what role you have within an organization, as a manager it is important for you to manage the resources that are assigned to you. Everyone has to manage people.”

She said mismanagement of employee relationships can lead to having workers who are "actively disengaged" and this, Underwood noted, can spell trouble for an organization. 

Referencing a Gallup Poll, Underwood revealed “that up to 70 percent of the variants associated with employee engagement is linked directly to the manager”.

“So sometimes it is the relationship between the manager and the employee that causes this disengagement.” 

She said the conference, slated to run from October 2 to 4 at Sandals Royal, is aimed at enhancing people management skills. 

The conference lineup will feature an array of national, regional and international practitioners. Conference participants will be exposed to best practice case studies and practical frameworks in a wide array of highly interactive sessions. Dominant themes include Innovation and Digitization, Business Re-Engineering, Health and Wellness and Leadership and Emotional Intelligence

Underwood stressed developing good employee management skills was not only for those who work within the Human Resource department. All persons, she explained, who are responsible for managing resources at work can and should take advantage of the conference offerings.

More information about the conference can be found at

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