Q: What position/positions in your organization are accountable for workplace relations in your organization? What impact do they have? What programs are in place to impact relations at work? Provide specific examples.
A: In my current organization, the Human Resources (HR) Manager is responsible for overseeing workplace relations. The HR Manager has the responsibility of ensuring a harmonious and effective working environment by maintaining and improving employee-employer relationships. Some key responsibilities include developing, administering, and enforcing policies related to personnel matters such as hiring practices, disciplinary protocols, benefits programs, safety standards, and performance evaluations (“Human Resource Manager Job Description” 2020). As part of this role, the HR manager is also charged with creating programs that promote good employer-employee relations. These initiatives can range from professional development courses or team building events to weekly recognition awards or monthly team lunches. By providing employees with these opportunities to build relationships with their colleagues and supervisors outside of their regular job duties it helps create an atmosphere of trust and encouragement within the workplace which contributes positively towards increasing morale and productivity (Granatir 2020). Additionally, if any issues arise between management and staff over policy violations or disputes regarding wages or benefits then the HR manager must be able to navigate these conflicts professionally while still protecting the company’s interests (“Human Resource Manager Job Description” 2020).