From the smaller issues, such as petty arguments, to more severe problems, like bullying or harassment, there’s always a risk of conflict in the workplace.
Each one of these issues can have detrimental consequences. Not only do they affect those directly involved but they can also impact other employees within the business.
If minor or major conflicts are not resolved quickly, they can lead to reduced productivity and low employee morale. Eventually, this may lead to the downfall of the business.
So, what are some of the main issues to look out for as an employer or employee? Here are some of the most common that employees face in the workplace.
Should you find yourself in the middle of a difficult issue in your workplace that is not being resolved by your employer, contact one of the labor lawyers at HKM. They can help you work through a legal claim if you have been unable to resolve the issue with the other people involved.
Lack of Flexibility
Everybody is searching for more flexible hours nowadays. While certain business hours do need to be covered, many employees feel that their schedules are completely inflexible.
Schedule inflexibility can make it difficult for employees to find a great work-life balance. It can also cause increased stress, work-related anxiety, and low employee morale.
Allowing employees to set their own schedules or work from home on a part-time basis can make a huge difference to workplace morale and productivity.
Lack of Training
Companies are getting busier and they have less time to train their employees. Some companies don’t even have a proper onboarding process, so employees are being thrown in at the deep end without proper training.
Even the businesses that do provide training often do so inadequately. Either the training isn’t formal and thorough or it is sparse.
To be effective, employees must have extensive training when they initially join the company. This training should be ongoing, especially if they are using high-risk machinery or chemical substances.
Proper training not only keeps your employees safe but also enables them to excel within their roles.
Lack of Adequate Equipment or Facilities
Failure to provide your employees with the correct equipment and facilities can put them at risk of injury. It also makes their jobs much more difficult to complete.
Without the right equipment, productivity and operational efficiency will decrease, and employee morale will plummet. Lacking the right facilities may impact some or all of the employees within the business.
For example, companies must have fully-working equipment, clean bathroom facilities, and wheelchair-accessible rooms.
Bullying or Harassment
Workplace bullying and harassment can come in many forms. But no matter what the form, they can significantly impact the affected employee’s well-being and may have negative impacts on company culture.
It’s vital that bullying or harassment incidents are dealt with as quickly as possible to avoid long-term issues. Ongoing interpersonal conflicts can make it very difficult for employees to work together as a collaborative team.