Conflicts at work happen, and people do not always get along. There are some conflict scenarios that can should be avoided, however. If you know what you are looking for, you can create a positive workplace environment. Here are four common employee conflicts to look out for:
In some cases, a boss will enjoy some level of domination over another employee. When this happens, the boss will often assert his or her ideas on the worker. The boss will waste valuable time if he or she spends all day riding an employee. The worker may end up quitting. To get to the bottom of the issue, the managers should talk to both employees and figure out a long-term solution. Set up an anonymous way employees can report abuse through a hotline or submission box.
Many end up dating their coworkers. A company should have a policy in place to address this issue. One way to avoid most conflicts is to require people to inform HR when they start a relationship. The HR department can sit down and talk to the staff members. When doing so, a company can avoid most issues. To take this further, the business should not allow a manager to date a subordinate.
Sadly, even in today’s workforce, some people will still sexually harass a coworker. When dealing with this, the company must tackle the underlying issue quickly. When dealing with the alleged harasser, the company should sit down with the HR department and discuss the actions of the accused. Both parties can resolve the issue. Sometimes it is impossible to find a solution, and it might be necessary to fire the alleged harasser, especially when the charges have merit.
In some industries, it seems that verbal abuse is the norm. Even if this is true, one should not accept any form of verbal abuse. When a company notices this issue, it is wise for higher-ups to take action and talk to the abuser. Furthermore, if the problem persists, they may have to fire the accused individual.
With these four common employee conflicts to watch out for, you can avoid most issues and get to the root of the problem.
Author: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing about business and finance and spending time with her dog, Max. Information credited to Gittens & Associates, Lawyers in Newfoundland.
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