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Your dream job is now something you dread waking up for due to a problem in the workplace. Instead of turning in your resignation notice, consider your options for resolving your employment issues.
Define Your Problem
When and how did the problem in the workplace originate? Define the root of your problem and write it down.
Once you determine what problem you face in the workplace, make plans to fix the problem as quickly as possible so the problem doesn’t get worse.
Do Your Homework
Know your rights. Before you go to anyone with your complaints, carefully review your company’s work policies. If someone’s actions violate your rights, make note of it. If you are in the wrong, devise a plan for conforming to company policy.
Approach the Problem Informally
Arrange a meeting with a manager or other boss. During the meeting, calmly state your problem and show the individual any evidence of wrongdoing. Try to work with the individual to create a plan of action that will solve your problem. Be prepared to negotiate a bit, but don’t back down from your rights. During the meeting, keep your emotions in check and stick to the facts.
Document the Problem
Keep a record of your problem and all the steps you took to resolve the matter. Keep a file of written information including dates, time, location and names of individuals involved in the matter. Keep receipts and meeting notes in the file along with other pertinent information.
Try a Conference Approach
Gather all the individuals involved in a problem together to discuss the conflict. The benefit of doing this is that nobody feels as if others are talking behind their back. Everyone hears every side of the issue and can brainstorm to create a plan for resolving the problem.
Obtain Professional Outside Help
If the problem still isn’t resolved, consider hiring a professional mediator. A mediator comes into the workplace and works with all the parties involved, offering objective advice for handling and resolving conflict.
Hire a Lawyer
If conflict in the workplace continues and your rights are violated, consult a lawyer. A professional such as a California Employment Law Attorney can offer advice on legal action you might take to resolve the conflict.
Conflict in the workplace is a regular occurrence, and most conflict is resolved relatively easily. Instead of quitting your job, take steps to resolve conflict.