If you've ever held a job, chances are you've encountered some sort of workplace issue. Whether it's an underperforming employee or a toxic work environment, there are always conflicts at work that need to be addressed.
The best way to improve your company's culture is by being proactive about addressing workplace issues before they become full-blown problems.
But what exactly is a "workplace issue" and how can they be resolved? In this article, we'll explore what workplace issues are and what you can do about them.
What Is a Workplace Issue?
A workplace issue can be anything from a difficult employee who refuses to work with others, to a toxic work environment that is affecting morale and productivity, to an employee who has violated company policies. A workplace issue can also be something as simple as communication problems between co-workers or managers, which can lead to misunderstandings or resentment.
Workplace issues can be both internal and external. Some of the most common examples of workplace issues are:
Poor communication between coworkers or managers can lead to misunderstandings, frustration, and resentment. Communication problems are often caused by a lack of respect, in which one person feels disrespected by another. If an employees feels like they're not being heard or that their input is not valued, it can be difficult for them to work in these conditions.
Bullying is a serious problem, and it can be difficult to deal with. It's more common than you might think, and it can have serious consequences for both the person being bullied and their workplace. Bullying ranges from teasing to threats and violence, and it happens in many different ways. It can happen between coworkers or from a manager to an employee; it can be physical, verbal or psychological.
Sexual harassment is a form of bullying that is illegal and can be grounds for a lawsuit. Sexual harassment can include unwanted sexual advances, inappropriate comments about a person's body or sex life and offensive jokes about gender or sexuality. If you are being sexually harassed at work, it's important that you report the behavior as soon as possible so that it can be addressed before it becomes more severe.
Poor Work-Life Balance
A bad work-life balance can take a serious toll on your mental health. If employees are unable to separate their personal life from work, their risk of burning out or feeling unhappy about their work or home life increases.
Lack of Equipment or Technology
A lack of proper equipment or technology can be very stressful and lead to heavier workloads and less efficient work.
Lack of possibility for growth
There are many reasons why an employee may feel that their job does not offer the possibility for growth. Perhaps their company cultivates a competitive environment, tends to hire externally, or doesn’t offer training or advancement opportunities. Feeling immobile in a role can lead to feelings of hopelessness and frustration.
Little to no recognition
Employees can often feel little recognition for hard work, not being given credit for their efforts, or you feeling under-appreciated by their employer. This lack of recognition can also lead to feelings of resentment, and a lack of motivation.
Tips on How To Resolve Any Workplace Issues
Workplace issues can be tough to resolve. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of communication, but other times it may require some outside help from HR or management. Here are some tips on how to resolve any workplace issue:
- Gain a clear understanding on what the issue is and how it affects those involved. This will help you identify the problem and come up with a solution that will work for everyone. If someone is uncomfortable speaking face to face, try communicating via email or text so there is no confusion. Don’t try to solve everything on your own if it requires more than one person to fix. Make sure that you have all the information and ask questions if necessary and don’t be afraid to ask for more details.
- Don’t jump to conclusions and assume you know what is going on before gathering all the facts. Give all individuals involved a chance to explain what they are feeling and why they did what they did. Try to take a step back and look at the situation from an impartial point of view. Don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment or cause you to say things that are not helpful. If you can see the situation from another person’s perspective, then it will be easier for you to talk about it.
- List all possible solutions. Once you have a clear understanding of what is going on, it will be easier for you to come up with possible solutions. Consider all the options and think about which ones might work best under the circumstances. Try to come up with a solution that will benefit both parties involved. If you can, try to reach some sort of compromise that will make both parties happy.
- Evaluate and select the best option. Once you have identified a good solution, it is time to evaluate it. Think about all the pros and cons of your options, and then choose the one that appears to be the best choice at this point in time. Be sure to consider all the possible consequences of your decision, and think about how it might affect other people.
- Document any problems that arise, including who you spoke to about them and what their response was. In a remote workplace, video recording interviews can be helpful as well. You can use video editing features such as screen recorders and video compressors, to help optimize this process.
- Agree on contingencies, monitoring, and evaluation. Depending on the severity of the issue, you may wish to agree on a plan of action, such as how you will inform and update employees about the situation and what actions they should take. It’s also important to agree on who will monitor compliance with the solution, and how often you will check that everything is going well.
- Ask for feedback. You should ask your employees for feedback post resolution, planning a day and time to check in on progress. If company wide changes were a part of your solution, you might want to do this after implementing new policies or procedures, so that you can make adjustments if necessary.
It’s important for employees to feel comfortable in their jobs and have good relationships with their coworkers, so it’s worth taking a proactive approach to workplace issues, solving problems when they arise instead of letting them fester until they become unmanageable.
Maria Imelda Alvarez is a PR Outreach and Affiliate Marketing Specialist at VEED.IO.