Good Cop, Bad Cop

A chief concern for an entrepreneur may be the type of relationship he has with each individual employee. Not paying attention to an employee and worried it might affect their work? You should be. We tackle ways in which the leader of the team can cultivate a better relationship with his employees.

A common conflict in the workplace is one that concerns the relationship between the boss and the employees. The issue usually is that the boss and the employee do not understand the specific nature of their relationship. There are usually two extremes; one where the boss is too casual with his employees, treating them like friends and affecting the employee’s work habits and efficiency and two, where the boss is too estranged, failing to make a solid impression on the employees.

Why is this such an issue? For several reasons. Such poor coordination between the boss and employees often results in both parties feeling uninspired and also doesn’t aid productivity. Second, when basic discipline is missing, the employee no longer follows the office regulations. This ruins the employees’ performance and also ends up encouraging others to follow suit.

Some of the ways there can be a balance in the relationship between the boss and the employees is through constant reminders about the long term goals of the company and how these can be achieved through the help of the employee. In this regard, not only is the friendship with the boss important but a healthy relationship among all the employees counts. The boss cannot just have a close friend circle in the work-place, but must try to be friendly and authorial with everyone as much as possible. One way to make this easier is to note the interesting qualities in the lives of all the workers and play off of these to build friendships.


Another important way in which the boss can craft a better relationship with the employee is by scheduling some “fun-times.” They can do this by first, planning the types of fun activities that they can perform together. It might also be a good idea to schedule when the employees have some downtime and when they work. Mangesh Lal Shrestha, head of Cass Trading House which disseminates data centers, provides system integration and software and hardware solutions, tells us that he schedules picnics and other outdoor activities with his employees to take the edge off of work and increase camaraderie.

Mangesh is the boss of 100 employees, and as such does not get to interact with all the employees on a daily basis. To tackle this, Mangesh organizes meetings outside of office-hours which makes the relationship with his colleagues more open and free, while at the same time keeping the conversation professional. Mangesh believes a benefit of a friendlier environment is that office and business issues are resolved more quickly. Mangesh says, “We have an open-door policy where if someone wants to discuss office or personal issues then one can come and share.”

The boss of a company needs to be approachable and friendly, but professional at the same time. They need to understand that/their position of power entails a dedication for the work that other employees may not share. It is their responsibility to make all employees feel like they are a part of the common mission. Indeed, he needs to make the company’s mission adaptable to the employees rather than attempting to mould employees towards what the company demands from them.

Movies @ work
Office Space

This 1999 comedy about the lives of four young working adults is a parody of not just American office culture; it is also the voice of a generation whose mismatched professions cause them much anguish and frustration. A scene anyone who’s watched the movie will remember the movie by is one where they take the office’s faulty printer and smash it up with baseball bats, with much glee. The printer represents not just what they hate about their work, but also their regrets about not taking chances. A feel-good movie for entrepreneurs, a wake-up call for similarly stuck adults.

Fight Club

Also from 1999, Fight Club’s cult movie status doesn’t just come from its popular male leads Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, its perfectly dark and emo soundtrack or just unconventionally attractive actress Helena Bonham Carter. Its got more to do with David Fincher’s main plot – an insomniac bored out of his mind and frustrated with his job who sets up a fight club with a friend. With increasing numbers of young adults unhappy with their jobs, its no surprise the movie was such a hit.

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