The success and reputation of a company greatly depends on the working relationship between employers and employees. If you are an employer, you can avoid facing a time consuming and costly lawsuit if you will be able to avoid disputes at the workplace.
You can maintain a good work environment by doing the following:
- Respect you employees- You should respect your employee and avoid humiliating them in front of others. Remember that employees who were treated unfairly might seek revenge by filing a case against you.
- Provide regular evaluations to your employees- Giving performance evaluations to your employees will serve as a "warning system," especially if there are problems with regard to their job performance.
- Create and implement sound polices- Creating an employment handbook will help you handle all of your employees and protect the company from lawsuits. This tool will specify the duties of your employees and the appropriate punishment for violations in the workplace.
- Do not terminate or punish a whistleblower- You can get in trouble if you fire an employee who has filed a discrimination or harassment complaint against you. It is better if you deal with the issues you are facing, rather than punishing the person who brought them up.
- Be approachable- Make your employees feel that they can approach you if they have questions and complaints.
- Treat your employees equally- One set of rules should be applicable to all employees. Do not treat a certain employee differently from his co-workers because it may affect their self-confidence and job performance.
Doing to the following actions that are mentioned above does not give the assurance that problems will not arise. Resolving disputes at work will be easier if follow these tips:
- If the problem is between your employees, let them resolve it on their own. However, you should start being involved if the issue already affects the job performance of other employees.
- Do not make decisions without looking at the evidence presented. You should base your decisions on facts and evidence, not on your personal opinions.
- Implement methods of resolving disputes like mediation and arbitration. These methods will enable you to resolve employment disputes without the need to file a case in court.