Types of Employee Relations


HR is responsible for managing the entire employee life cycle. It starts at the time of recruitment and goes up to the exit process. It is HR's job to ensure that this journey is comfortable and rewarding for both employees and the company.

In this article, we'll take you through the different types of workplace relationships, the benefits of having them, and the ways to improve workplace relationships.


Types of employee relations

Following are the well-known types of employee relations:

Vertical employee relations

Simply put, both vertical and horizontal employee relationships are of a hierarchical nature. This means that the relationship between the manager and the employee is vertical.

An employee-manager relationship is unique because such relationships have some limitations. Managers must strive to be empathetic, communicative, grateful and friendly with their employees. Managers need to understand that they don’t need to get legitimacy from their subordinates but they must be open to new ideas and changes. There is a fine line between an ideal boss-employee relationship.

Horizontal employee relations

Internal employee relationship is the relationship between team members or employees of the same level within the company. An example of a great horizontal employee relationship is the relationship between those who engage in casual water cooling discussions. These employees may not be part of the same group or even the same vertical but they have strong relationships due to their casual conversations several times a day.

Horizontal employee relationships can be mapped by active HR professionals to find influential employees within the organization who cannot be given too much space in the classification.

Other Types of Employee Relations are as follows:

  1. Employee Branding
  2. Recruiting 
  3. Onboarding 
  4. Leadership
  5. Public Relations
  6. Performance Management

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