Graduate training can be used as the initial building blocks for developing relationships amongst the junior level employees and management.

Too often, management and employees are not on the same page when it comes to internal relationships. Many feel that relationships are often either strained or non-existent, which in turn can affect employee retention and job satisfaction amongst the workforce. By taking the time during graduate training to build a rapport between those in management and new hires, the overall development of employees at all levels can improve.

Relationship building within graduate training

A recent survey conducted across over 2000 respondents, revealed that management relationships are key to your employees' job satisfaction. Many stated that transparency, approachability, and honesty all determine the effectiveness of management, with trust in their direct line managers vital to job satisfaction for 93% of those surveyed.

Moreover, over half of employees who responded to the survey noted that they would often fail to perform as well in work if they weren't satisfied. With such high importance placed on upon job satisfaction and the direct correlation with ROI and productivity, it is critical for relationship building to form a core part of graduate training programmes.

Where new employees are confident in communicating with their senior management, there are often fewer barriers to innovation and idea sharing. With strength-based performance conversations proving to motivate employees, managers can nurture employees and focus on building on these skills rather than highlighting weakness. Research suggests that the results of working in a strength-focused workplace yields an overall improved mindset, boosted employee performance, increased job satisfaction and heightened development of teams.

Building future managers through graduate training

Not only does graduate training offer the opportunity for new employees to build relationships with their managers, but also allows businesses to promote healthy channels of communications at an early stage.

Through implementing the desired skill sets that may be missing in current management, during the graduate training processes, future managers will progress to senior roles whilst building good relationships internally and supporting the act of open communication throughout their career.

Graduate training can also focus on learning and developing the optimum way to communicate with teams and management. It can present opportunities to assess current approaches to performance management, including determining how company culture might also be affecting productivity. With an outside perspective, new employees can also offer valuable insights into ways to change and grow your business, and even implementing this throughout their career with your company.