What is Employee Relations?
Employee Relations involves the body of work concerned with maintaining employer-employee relationships that contribute to satisfactory productivity, motivation, and morale. Essentially, Employee Relations is concerned with preventing and resolving problems involving individuals which arise out of or affect work situations.
Advice is provided to supervisors on how to correct poor performance and employee misconduct. In such instances, progressive discipline and regulatory and other requirements must be considered in effecting disciplinary actions and in resolving employee grievances and appeals. Information is provided to employees to promote a better understanding of management’s goals and policies. Information is also provided to employees to assist them in correcting poor performance, on or off duty misconduct, and/or to address personal issues that affect them in the workplace. Employees are advised about applicable regulations, legislation, and bargaining agreements. Employees are also advised about their grievance and appeal rights and discrimination and whistleblower protections. http://ohcm.ndc.nasa.gov/employee_relations/whatis.htm
Has the recent economic downturn changed the relationship between employers and their employee public?
In my opinion, change is evitable but in the last 7-8 years employers are focusing more on customer servic, competitiveness, doing more with less, and putting alot of pressure on what they are adverstising or marketing to be. It will continue to change as technology becomes so big that people will either be eliminated from a job or only those who can fix these little time bombs will remain in office. ( behind a desk or server) . Most employers now feel that you should feel privileged to have a job. In that regards, some feel that they can work you beyond your means or find someone else to do it. The PR for the large companies must continue to work day and night to build the business or saved it from falling. It has changed and will continue as technology grows beyond our own imaginations. That alone is beautiful but sometimes scary.