Unfortunately, many Florida employees experience hostility in the workplace, which is often damaging to their mental and physical health. In some cases, it can even lead to legal action. Thankfully, it’s possible for you as an employer to prevent a hostile work environment before it even starts.
Establish clear policies and expectations in the workplace
Make sure that everyone understands the company’s policies and expectations regarding respect, appropriate behavior and communication style. Establish consequences for inappropriate behavior or language and ensure that people know their rights if they feel harassed or discriminated against in accordance with employment and labor law.
Foster a positive work culture
Take time to build relationships in the workplace, foster collaboration and emphasize respect. Celebrate successes and acknowledge challenges whenever possible. Encourage open communication and make sure everyone feels comfortable raising any issues they may have. You may also consider creating a workplace diversity committee to ensure everyone’s voices are heard.
Provide workplace training
Providing employees with effective workplace training will help ensure that everyone understands their rights and responsibilities when it comes to avoiding and preventing a hostile environment. Make sure any training you provide is evidence-based, relevant and engaging.
Address harassment or discrimination as soon as possible
When inappropriate behavior does occur, it’s important to take action immediately. Have a clear process in place for addressing any complaints and make sure that everyone involved is aware of their rights and responsibilities. For instance, have an HR representative or other third party available to handle situations and ensure that all parties are treated fairly.
In these cases, it may be necessary to take further action, such as suspension or termination of the offending employee. However, this should always be done in accordance with the law. All in all, preventing a hostile work environment takes commitment from everyone in the workplace and clear policies that are strictly enforced.