How To Handle Hate In The Workplace
Most offices are a place of diversity- as they should be. In one workplace, there are employees of different sex, race, age, religion and more. While businesses may pride themselves on being diverse, so many differing perspectives on life can create friction when all of these people are in the same room and expected to work together.
At some point in their career, most people will encounter someone that they dislike or even hate. We spend a lot of time with the people we work with. As a result, office friction and tension can be a regular occurrence between employees. So what exactly do employers need to be aware of, and what are your responsibilities as we navigate our way through what’s to come? Read on for advice and guidance.
Take a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination and harassment
If you witness hateful incidents in your workplace, it’s your responsibility to take action. Leaders should never turn a blind eye to such situations. If you were to take this route, you’d be likely to find that everything very quickly escalated out of control.
Many of our clients employ diverse work-forces and enjoy the many benefits of doing so. It’s important that you have a plan in place when problems arise. Act fast, and in line with your existing people policies. Be firm, and lead by example. This is no time for waiting around or being ambiguous with your actions.
Contact the appropriate authorities where necessary
Some problems can be nipped in the budded immediately with some clear communication and a firm stand. Sometimes however, there are deeper issues as play, and things can very quickly spiral out of control. It may be the case that you need to involve the police.
This may seem like a big step to take, but it’s vital that you remember that you have a responsibility as an employer. The authorities will be able to give you advice on what to do next, and will be able to take any necessary steps to ensure that the situation is managed in accordance with the law.
Our advice for handling hatred in the workplace is short and to the point. Take action quickly, and take a stand against any such behavior.
If you suspect that your discrimination and harassment policies may be outdated or no longer fit for purpose, then now would be a great time to complete an audit of exactly where you are, and what challenges may be ahead. Not sure where to start? We can help. Give us a call today and we can arrange a no-obligation consultation.