Ok, I believe that some of us in our life time have experienced once or more workplace situations that I can call unpleasant to deal with.
The office is a hodgepodge of people with different personalities, characters, traits and behaviors that can be described as “different” from what most people anticipate, and would not necessarily mimic our own. If you are in management, below are some of the issues and scenarios that you may encounter in a workplace environment.
Substance Abuse Scenarios: The young guy who allegedly drank alcohol the night before, but still smells like a bottle of whiskey when he walks by you. Or, someone who actually drinks in the office and thinks that no one notice it. Worse yet, a worker who is a drug abuser and his drug use is starting to show.
Gossip: It is so overwhelming. People talk about other people, about everything and anything they feel like, just to make conversation. For one thing, it affects productivity. Here are a few not too uncommon scenarios: 1. The man and woman that are a “couple” and fight in the office and co-workers become aware of their private affairs. 2. The administrative assistant that dresses up as though she is going to a nightclub instead of work. 3. The boss who is unfriendly and unkind, and have no idea of how to run the office. 4. Finally, those who are obnoxious and vocal about their specific religious beliefs, political affiliations or sexual orientation, that most in the office do not want to be bother with.
Hygiene: How about a man or woman with poor hygiene that “smells” so bad that co-workers are complaining about it, or the one who shields the “smells” with excessive perfume?
Sexual Harassment: When people hear sexual harassment, the first thing that comes to mind is a male boss abusing a female employee. However, that is no longer the case. Now, sexual harassment is not limited to male-to-female. It can also be from female to male, from male to male or female to female. It does occur in any workplace. It can be case worker (male or female) harassing a client, or from a worker harassing another co-worker, and it can happen in person or through texting or emails. These are only few examples, but I am sure that you get the drift.
All these scenarios are real, but they can’t be ignored as they not only destroy the office culture, but affect productivity and morale. These are “accusations” that managers must acknowledge and address swiftly, effectively and cautiously as they could generate lawsuits.
Think about them, but particularly think about how would you deal or address them if you are confronted with any of these situations as the manager of the entire office.
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