Companies should always have an eye toward improving business relationships. Modern enterprises understand the collaborative nature of the workplace – people must respect each other, and the better they get along, the more effectively they collaborate. An office where everyone has a healthy relationship with each other is ideal. Employees are happy because they are not at each others’ throats, managers are happy because they do not have to waste their time mediating disputes and the company is happy because productivity is up.

But the process of making people happy is no easy nut to crack. The token ping-pong table is probably the greatest example of this – companies buy a ping-pong table expecting people to play with it and have fun, but it just sits there collecting dust. Other initiatives can be even more costly – for example, redesigning a break room that no one uses. So, what are some of the best ways to improve business relationships and ensure a happy workplace?

1. Offer a better benefits package
Workplace Savings and Benefits was quick to point toward the use of benefits packages as an effective tool for appeasing employees. Several studies cited by the news source found that as many as three-quarters of employees would rather have better benefits packages than higher salaries, which may contradict what many businesses seem to think.

Taking a financial approach can be hugely beneficial for businesses trying to improve business relationships because, as long as businesses have the money, it is easy to execute compared to other strategies. Plus, this can lift morale right away compared to some other initiatives that may take longer to get off the ground.

2. Offer opportunity and experiences
Another way businesses can improve relationships is to provide employees with opportunities. Perhaps it is the ability to move to a branch in a city they have always wanted to live in, or a chance to develop new skills. Either way, businesses are providing employees with unique opportunities, and this is a gesture that is bound to make employees more thankful for their employers.

Providing these opportunities is no easy task, however. People want different things out of their jobs. Some people just want to work eight hours and clock out, so they may not be as open to the prospect of moving to a new city, for instance.

3. Employ leaders who motivate and connect with employees
Leaders and managers are often the face of the company to employees. They are the people who act as role models within the organization and represent its values and work ethic. When managers and leaders use positive influence to reach their objectives and build relationships, employees are more likely to be committed rather than just compliant or disengaged. People are not going share a healthy bond with an organization that employs ineffectual leaders who cannot connect with the people around them in an authentic way.

The relationship between companies and employees is critical to success, so it is crucial firms look carefully at this aspect as they move forward.