We spend the majority of our day at work. If you were to count up the hours during the week, you probably spend more waking hours at work than with your family.
For many of us, while work may be a chore, the benefits far outweigh the negatives. It is not a horrible experience or one we dread heading towards each and every day.
Yet some people experience unfair treatment and an unfriendly environment that can have a serious impact on them, their colleagues, and even their family back at home.
The Work Environment Should be a Safe Place
Everybody has the right to feel safe in the workplace. That means working free from harassment, bullying, sexism, and any other kind of discrimination. Sure, there may be people who you get one with and others who you do not, but that is no reason to anybody to feel unhappy while in the office.
However, it does happen, and there are steps you can take to correct the problems, and make your working experience a pleasure once more.
What Options Are There to Unfair Treatment in the Workplace?
Well, one of the ways you can approach the problem is to ignore it. To shut up and suffer in silence, but let’s be honest that is not going to help you one bit.
If you are suffering from unfair treatment or work place harassment then you need to take action to end it.
If you do not want to cause any commotion, then searching for alternative employment could be another option for you. However, that is not truly resolving the problem, it is rather running from it, or pushing it onto somebody else after you have gone.
You can contact your boss or direct manager. Depending on the size or openness of the organization you work for, you could take your complaints of unfair treatment even higher up the ladder. Alternatively, you can seek out your Human Resources department, or if you have one, a works council.
Depending on the severity of the problem and from whom the harassment is coming from, you could have a case for constructive dismissal. Now that is something no employer wants to have a record of.
Don’t be shy. Speak up. Your voice could make a difference.
It Probably isn’t Just Happening to You
If you are suffering from this at work, then there is a very strong chance that it is happening to others too.
By standing up and making yourself heard, you could be helping not just yourself, but others that have been made to suffer the same unfair conditions.
Even if those people have already left the company, for them to know that somebody finally stood up and did the right thing, could serve to be a great comfort to them.
If you are not ready to report it on your own, talk to your colleagues. Talk to those that are in similar situations and together, with a united front, you could be the voice that ends unfair treatment in your workplace.