If you have an anti-harassment policy for your workplace, you may think your business is protected from allegations of a hostile work environment. Not necessarily. Even employers who outline a harassment policy may not be going far enough to prevent or correct harassment at the workplace.
Based on my consultations with supervisors at all levels, supervisors dislike dealing with conflict and difficult workplace issues more than just about any other aspects of their jobs. How do you learn to deal with a variety of difficult employee issues in a way that doesn’t make a bad situation even worse?
According to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) over two million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. Defined by OSHA as violence or the threat of violence against workers, workplace violence can happen at any place or time – no one is immune.
Think bullying is a problem for school kids? Unfortunately, it’s not. Bullying in the workplace is a problem that has challenged many employers and employees, whether it’s in the form of an employee who constantly targets a colleague with derogatory remarks or an assistant supervisor who excessively monitors their employee.
The actions of angry employees are more than just news stories. From stealing sensitive information and compromising data to vandalizing the workplace and, at worst, committing violent acts, having angry employees are a reality that small business owners face every day.
From chronic absences to poor decision making, drug and alcohol use in the workplace can take its toll on small business owners—in time, money, and morale. If you don’t think workplace substance abuse happens in your business, you may want to reconsider.
Dianne Durkin is the founder of the website The Loyalty Factor and the author of several books including her latest “The Loyalty Factor”. Dianne will share her insights on employee management:
All organizations have at least one disgruntled employee. ALL companies. Despite how progressive a company may be. Regardless of all of the employee benefits and perks a company may offer. Despite having the most open and accessible supervisor…
Difficult employees, complicated hiring issues, firings, leave requests. Managing employees can be complicated. In my interview with Michael Davey, Attorney with Eckell & Sparks , Michael shares an attorney’s perspective on: *The top 3 employment law related issues that employers need to be mindful of and why *The most common complaints that employees level against […]
I know. You’ve heard me tackle this subject before on my blog. But it’s a topic worth revisiting You have to take the bull by the horns and develop the skill of dealing with confrontation. When you manage employees, it’s the most important part of your job.