It is practically impossible to not experience conflicts of one sort or the other in the workplace. This is why there are laws that protect employees in their workplaces, irrespective of the personal dispositions of said employees.
Common Workplace Issues
1. Workplace Politics
A pointer of workplace politics is favoritism. You might notice some favoritism going on. Some employees could never do wrong, and others never seem to get it right.
When you are caught in this web, try to understand the unspoken rules of the workplace. Try to see who wields what power, and how they go about exercising that power. This way, you know how to work your way around their traps.
2. Bullies At The Workplace
Bullies are not only found in schools. If you look closely, you would find them in the workplace as well.
Bullies may intentionally try to exclude you from team events. Unfair criticism is a form of bullying too. Name-calling coated in jokes isn’t left out either.
When you find that you are being bullied at work, document such actions and report to the higher-ups.
Finally, as far as workplace troubles go, you may have some issues with your dress sense. In such a case like this, you would probably need to switch up your style.
Get some stylish and up-to-date clothes as well as top-notch accessories to go with it. There’s no law against looking classy at the office after all.
3. Inconsiderate Bosses
It is possible that you encounter inconsiderate bosses that never seem to recognize how hard you’re working. Instead, they criticize everything you do and make you feel you’re not well equipped to do your job.
To handle such situations, make sure that the criticisms from your boss are wrong. Up your own efforts and communication skills.
Learn to anticipate problems and present solutions. Sometimes, it may not be about you, it could just be a very inconsiderate boss.
Your Rights As An Employee
It is essential for you to know that there are laws that protect you and your interests at your place of work.
Lacking knowledge of these rights may land you in positions you could have completely avoided if you were privy to your rights.
Labor Rights cover you irrespective of your race, gender, ethnicity, or religion.
Some of these essential rights include the right to:
- Equal pay without discrimination for equal work.
- Join or form trade unions to protect your interests.
- Limitation of working hours on holidays with pay.
Here are some other rights you need to constantly remember:
1. Your Right To Complain About Working Conditions
If you find out that there is a workplace condition you’re not comfortable with, you have the right to notify your employer about the conditions that may be harmful to you and your coworkers.
However, you might not get a quick response or even any response at all if the complaint is for your own personal reasons.
This law doesn’t even protect you in such a situation. Make sure that whatever you are complaining about is something that affects you and your coworkers.
2. Your Right To Refuse Work
When you work in a place that you believe could harm you, you may refuse to work in such a situation.
However, you must have informed your employer before you pull this card.
After you have informed the appropriate authorities and they still do not put any measures in place to mitigate or alleviate any hazards, you can then trigger your right to refuse work.
3. Your Right to Have A Copy Of Your Signed Agreements
You probably signed a folder-full of agreement papers before you started at your job.
But what you don’t know is that you might have unknowingly given up some important rights in those papers.
It is possible you agreed never to work for a competitor or that you relinquished the claim to your intellectual property while working with them without knowing it.
You can request copies of all the agreements you signed. Your employer may be reluctant to give them to you, but it is your right to have them, at least in many states.
Be sure this law protects you in your state when you want to request these copies.
When you have the copies, go through them and know what you have signed up for. This way, you can avoid lawsuit troubles should you have a falling out with your employer.
About the Author: Norma Spencer fully enjoys her editor career living an RV life with her family. She’s a devoted tech and finance writer with a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management). In the moment of writing this bio, Norma is in Germany, planning to spend at least a few more years in Europe in the coming years.