EMPLOYEE-EMPLOYER RELATIONSHIP. HOW TO FIND THE BALANCE

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It has been known for a long time that good relationships between employer and employee often contribute to greater employee satisfaction and substantially improved productivity. An employer’s relationship with their employees has to be nurtured and taken care of in order to be beneficial for both individuals; their co-workers, and the company as a whole. This will however create some stability and balance as they work to increase productivity. Discussed below are some ways to achieve a balance in an employer-employee relationship.
Mutual reliance. There should be a balanced amount of reliance on both employer and employee. For the good of the company, the employer relies on the employee to do his or her job well; the employee relies on the employer to treat them equally and pay them equitably. When that mutual dependence is imbalanced or one-way, there will eventually be issues. The employer will begin to feel that the efforts of the employee are no longer important to the business and find them to be disposable, while the employee may no longer value their work and begin to disengage himself. When one of these issues happens, it is time for the employer to re-evaluate the position of the employee at the company, whether a new arrangement can be reached or if it is time to break up ways.
Mutual respect.

Instigating a closer interaction with the workers to the point of socializing with them outside of the job is perfectly good. This is particularly common in small companies and start-ups. Yet even in this comfortable environment, maintaining the conventional hierarchical structure is important and fostering awareness of this in the workers. Employees should give the accorded respect to their employers irrespective of their relationship with them, as employers also ensure to retain the traditional hierarchical structure in the work place. In this way, there will be a balance.
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Openness and communication. Any healthy working environment involves openness and transparency. Employers can help build a platform of transparency and honesty by candidly asking workers about their lives, families and interests. Employees can in return contribute to this environment by being honest about their life outside of work. Openness and communication are much more critical in circumstances which are sensitive to the organization, or which involve a serious approach otherwise. It might mean, for workers, telling their employer of a family situation that could affect their results, or a desire to pursue a new career.

If it comes to the latter, employers should not prevent their workers from leaving but they should understand and support their natural desire to progress. Also, managers are expected to keep their workers in the business loop and seek their input in important company decisions. Not encouraging the workers to play an active role in the company’s development would not only waste valuable input and resources, but can also cause them to disengage themselves.

Gratitude. There should be appreciation on both sides of the relationship, but it is undoubtedly the employer ‘s greater duty to consider and acknowledge outstanding efforts on the part of their employees. When employees consistently deliver and receive little or no appreciation, it can become very easy for them to become disheartened, frustrated, and apathetic about their job, which destroys productivity. A simple thank you always suffices, and this works both ways, but employers may want to consciously reward their workers for a truly excellent job. A discreet gift may be enough, although others might enjoy recognition in the workplace.

Many companies also hold annual awards ceremonies in which outstanding employees are publicly honored for their accomplishments. Employees may at a point also surprise their employees in many different ways just to appreciate them, and this actually creates some friendly relationships on both sides. Generally, appreciation and acknowledgement makes people realize their value and continue positive behavior and efforts.
It is simply not enough to draw up a workplace code of ethics, or a set of rules or regulations outlining the ideal nature of partnership between employer and employee. Natural behaviors are established only in practice, and managers may always hope to promote such activities by leading by example.

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Don’t Cower, Maximize the Privilege of Early Insight to Get Things Done – Data Scientist, Bridget Boakye Shares in An Interview With SammytheAuthor.

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At an event I organized in Ghana about fundraising for your business

Are You suffering from Social Anxiety? Have you imprisoned yourself due to inferiority Complex? Are You looking for ways to break free; break this chain of Fear? Do you find difficulties in choosing a career path? Whatever it is that you’re facing is never permanent. Open Up, be inspired by this interview. Today on Exclusives with SammytheAuthor, an Inspiring Ghanaian Serial Entrepreneur and a Data Scientist, Miss Bridget Boakye, shares with us, her life story and career as an Entrepreneur and Co – founder of ChaleKasa and Women’s Corner Ghana. Checkout the Interview Below.

 

1: For the benefit of those who might not know you, Who is Miss Bridget Boakye? (Background, Education and Career).

I am a data scientist, entrepreneur, and an author. We will talk about the data science side in subsequent questions so let me focus on the other two attributes.

On the entrepreneurial side, I am the co-founder of ChaleKasa, a bespoke events company curating experiences to connect Diasporans and Africans. Our hallmark events are The Black Gala and The Catalysts Business Symposium held during the December season in Ghana each year. I am also the co-founder of Africans on China, a consultancy and advisory connecting Africans entrepreneurs/students and institutions to China and vice-versa, and the co-founder of Women’s Corner Ghana, a platform to foster dialogue & inspire action among Ghanaian women content creators. I also advise countless technology startups in Ghana and Nigeria, with a focus on 4IR solutions.

On the writing side, I am also the author of “Should I Return”, a book of poetry exploring issues of identity and belonging, especially as it relates to Africa and the Africa Diaspora. I have written 100+ articles with more than 1 million views on platforms such as Face2FaceAfrica and TechCrunch.

 

2: What’s the Story behind Your personality?

I believe the personality traits that define what I do are curiosity and pro-activeness. I have always been “that person”, ie. The person to call if there is some sort of social issue. I have vivid memories from childhood of being called on when my friends are being bullied and being the only girl in my riding bikes down steep roads with a gang of boys in my neighborhood in North Kaneshie. I generally can’t stand to see issues not being addressed or to feel constrained to societal norms. 

I have taken this similar approach with my career. As such, I have sought to address one social issue or the other with the work that I have done and continue to do. 

 

3: Who is a Data Scientist?

According to practitioners, a data scientist is “an analytical data expert who has the technical skills to solve complex problems – and the curiosity to explore what problems need to be solved. They’re part mathematician, part computer scientist and part trend-spotter.” In my eyes, the discipline is really about problem solving and giving people who enjoy interdisciplinary work, a set of tools with which to do so.

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 Presenting my Data Science project on Skin Recommendations for Black Women.

 

4: Why Stay X Stay Home? What triggered this Idea?

StayXStayHome is a 2-day innovation conference championing innovation from home. It was a project that we initiated on the onset of large scale event cancellation during the first week of March 2020. With a successful event with 35 speakers and almost 300+ registrants now on our backs, we are looking at ways to develop useful products and opportunities for people to connect with each, innovate, and simply, move the needle on their goals.

 

5: What inspired your decision to write the book titled “Should I Return”? And what has been the reception so far?

My book, “Should I Return”, is a poetry book about returning to Ghana and wrestling with questions about where I belong as someone who had lived outside of the country for 15+ years, at the time of my return. Writing, and specifically writing poems, is the best way for me to process my emotions and clarify my thinking so I would do it intermittently through my 4-year journey in Ghana. Eventually, I realized my poems told a compelling story about being a “returnee” from Ghana and I decided to compile the work and share it with the world through a book.

Click on this link to purchase a copy: https://www.amazon.com/Should-I-Return-Bridget-Boakye/dp/B084DHDP1Z/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=should%20i%20return%20bridget%20boakye&iq=1580999243&sr=8-2

 

6: With Your kind of Love and Passion for Africa, what are some of the measures you are putting in place to help Africa so far as Education is concern?

There are a number of ways in which I try to impact education across the continent. While I’ve taught in classrooms in Ghana and held education entrepreneurs with strategy and curriculum development, one of the most profound ways I impact education at this time is through my Africans on China consultancy. There, we started a Fellowship for university students across Africa called Africans on China Campus Leaders Ambassadors Program (AoCCLAP). Through this program, select young African engage in a 6-month training program to develop their leadership skills through immersive conversations with China-Africa leaders, followed by mentorship, thoughtful-assignments and feedback/support. Today, we have 5 ambassadors across Ghana and Nigeria, and they each have an average of 20 members in their campus chapters of the program. In this way, we are able to multiply the work of developing leaders who have the training and are supported to take initiative on issues.

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With AoCCLAP Student Ambassadors at the Jack Ma Africa Netpreneur Prize.

 

7: In this era of Covid-19, what are some of the things you think can help combat this epidemic. Any Upcoming Project?

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