Showing posts with label work conflict. Show all posts
Showing posts with label work conflict. Show all posts

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Favoritism: Are You Discriminated at Work?

Do you work in an office where the favorite employee(s) are receiving extra privileges? Like being given bonuses, extra vacation days with pay, getting to choose what project they will work on; getting holidays off and getting the office title they want. And, maybe the employee(s) report to work late and are never reprimanded.

The Boss may chastise other employees about being late in the morning or from lunch; in a staff meeting in front of everyone. What do you say?

Do you just sit there and take it? Or, do you ask why certain employees and come in late without a word from the Boss?

Is it because the employee(s) know the boss on a personal level such as being in the same clubs, or a childhood friend, or maybe going to the same church?

Please remember no matters how often the Boss’ favorites get special privileges do not let it affect your work, nor, should you treat the employee(s) any different. Always stay positive and never gossip or be a sponge that soaks up negativity.

If at some point you wish to speak to the Boss about this do it in private. And, make sure you have your questions you want answered. Before you do remember no one likes being seen in a bad light especially your Boss who signs your checks.

It might be wiser to remain silent and let time take care of the workplace discrimination; after thinking about it and weighing the pluses and minuses it might be the savvy way to go.
That being said; I always tell everyone when it was mentioned to me about favorites in our office to rise above it

It is never wise to get caught in office politics, so it might be sensible to just let it go.
A positive attitude and the ability to get along with your fellow employees will always be a plus in everyone’s opinion. 

One day you might be the go to person for the right reasons; then you will deserve the honor because you maintained a positive productive attitude in the workplace.

Never act unprofessional at work and never let your production be anything but flawless. You will soar among the professionals when your conduct and attitude is above reproach.

Remember to always be the master of how others regard you in the workplace. Never stoop to the level of gossiping about others in the office and especially your Boss. I always felt I was too professional to let others dictate my conduct. Therefore, office favoritism or in some cases nepotism never affected my work or how I treated others.

I treated everyone the same, therefore no one knew who I did not care for and whom I did. There are worst intrusions in the workplace such as working with lazy employees who loaf through the day and leave work as fresh as a daisy. These are the ones that make me wonder if their references were checked before hiring them.

So the best counsel I can give you is: rise above it. And, let the office politics live without your input.
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Conflict in the Workplace---For Managers/Owners

We all know when a group of people are working together there will one or two who will disagree.

If this is not handle in a professional manner between the two employees---then the manager/owner is needed to resolve the issue.

When this occurs it is the manager/owner’s duty to nip it in the bud quickly so the employees can get back to work. And don’t fool yourself the employees are not affected by someone else’s issues.

As a professional who has worked with different types of personalities---I can tell you I am forever shocked that one adult cannot relate to another to explain their differences or concerns. 

Some act in such an unprofessional manner I am embarrassed for them and I always wonder why these adult employees are not more professional.

I once worked in an office where two employees who had a conflict with each other went outside in the parking lot and screamed and shouted at each other. Finally the owner/manager went outside to break it up.

To me this is such low-class behavior---in other words vulgar and crude---it is not in my professional zone. I would not tolerate such behavior---I would have fired them both as they had previously made several trips into the office to be reprimanded before this happened.

When hiring employees make sure as a manager/owner it is emphasized employees are here to be productive and there should be no reason everyone cannot manage to work well together.

If there is an issue---then the new hire should be advised to contact the manager/owner---whoever is in charge to take care of the issue in a professional manner.

Let everyone know this type of behavior will not be tolerated at any level. Everyone needs to act professional in a professional environment. They are employed to work and do their assigned duties---nothing else is relevant.

It is the manager/owners responsibility to maintain a professional and pleasant workplace for the employees. If after talking to someone several times---make notes of all the conversation---have a witness is in the office while talking to the employee to protect yourself legally---let them know they have created an unpleasant workplace by causing conflict.

Tell them one more time and they will be fired---no talking will be necessary---this is a business and everyone is expected to act in a professional manner.

A good manager/owner will not tolerate one person to cause a lot of stress throughout the office workplace. Have this person sign a reprimand form which stated the subject discussed and if it happens again what measures will be taken.

Don’t fool yourself as the manager/owner that your employees are not talking about this---some may even be updating their resume to look for a more professional working environment. If this is not handled correctly---you might be interviewing in the near future to fill the positions of the ones who are leaving this unpleasant workplace.

Employees have a right to work in a friendly office ambiance---just dealing with outside life is stressful enough for people now days---the office should be a safe and pleasant workplace..

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