So many women have had countless issues at work. A lot of women still feel powerless about what to do to remedy the situation, even in this day and age. Such instances that still exist are sexual harassment, discrimination, co-worker harassment, etc.
We will talk about some of these issues. First and foremost, all of these issues can cost a company millions of dollars. There is the possibility of a lawsuit. There is all of the hours and cost into training an employee. There is also time off work and loss of production due to the situation. There are also attorney fees and court fees to contend with. And lastly, the work environment will never be the same.
The sexual harassment issue is an immediate issue. You have to let someone in Management know right away once something is said or done. This is either resolved right away or I’m going straight to an attorney, no if, ands or buts about it. Make sure all of your facts are together and present them to both the Manager or Management team and the HR representative. They either work to resolve that issue, or you might have to take another course of action.
There are many types of discrimination: such as race, age, people with disabilities, sex, political or religious views, etc. It is sad that people still discriminate. All of the above factors are very hard to prove so make sure you document everything thoroughly. If you are having a problem with any of these types of discriminations, make sure that you let a manager or HR person become aware of the problem right away.
This is what you need to know and what you need to do.
- Tell your immediate supervisor both in person and follow up with an email.
- If you don’t get any response from your immediate supervisor. Make sure that you document the date, time, supervisors name and a detailed explanation as to what happened.
- Talk to the HR department and follow up with an email as well. You can also forward the other email that you sent to your immediate supervisor to them so the HR representative can see that you have tried addressing the issue at that level and there has been no improvement.
- When you speak with the HR department they should call for you within a few days, if not sooner, to go over a plan of action with you to address the problem. This is really as far as the problem should go. Between a Supervisor, Management, and Upper Management, your issue should be resolved.
If all other means have been exhausted; you should either seek another job or seek counsel. This option is up to you. Make no mistake, just as it is the company’s responsibility to address any work related issues, it is your responsibility to make them aware of any such problem and give them a sufficient amount of time to try and resolve it. You cannot expect them to fix something that they don’t know about.
As for the co-workers that harass other workers. If you are that comfortable in your position that you feel you have the right to harass others, that position doesn't need you anymore. When someone goes to work, they are there to do their job, why are you trying to interfere? Why aren’t you doing your own work? Do you have that much extra time that you can pick on someone? Maybe you need a heavier work load? Ladies when you see a fellow co-worker, you have no idea of what she is going through. That job might be all she has. She might just be trying to support her kids by herself. She might have a sick family member. She might be going through a divorce. I cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would want to add to someone else’s burdens? It just doesn’t make any sense. Women can be so evil. There is no room for gossip or anything else, especially in the work environment. It should remain professional. If you do not like your job anymore, please keep your opinions to yourself while you look for another job.
If you are a business owner I cannot stress enough, the importance of strong communication. Make sure you have the best Management team that keeps you abreast of everything that goes on in their departments. Right now with the economy being as it is people might not come forward to reveal any issues because of the fear of losing their job. From time to time it is a good idea to have your employees answer a survey, this can be enlightening. If this survey is done anonymously, then expect some real truths from the employees perspective to be told. It is true that one bad egg can ruin a whole department; I have seen it first hand, so timing is essential as well. Remind older employees that they don't run the business, sometimes they run the new hires out because they have held their positions for so long that they feel entitled to treat people disrespectfully.
It is a constant struggle to keep these subjects as the forefront of businesses. It is sad for both the employee and the company that these issues are still being talked about today. It's a shame because all of that wasted energy could really be moving a company forward. Maybe the next generation will be different; maybe women will be more helpful towards each other instead of being so jealous of each other. Just remember one important thing, you hold that title to that position the same reason your co-worker holds their position. You are good at what you do, start complimenting each other. A huge thank you to all of the ladies out there who truly keep it professional.