Dealing with unfairness in life can be tricky at the best of times, but what do we do when we are being treated unfairly in the workplace?
What’s the Problem?
Identify the issue(s). Is it a personality clash with your boss or do you feel that you are always overlooked for promotions or perks? We all take things personally at times and human interactions can be hard to quantify, so it’s worth drilling down and seeing what’s really going on as objectively as possible. You don’t want to make yourself more miserable at work by bringing up an issue that doesn’t really exist and alienating people at work. However, it is important not to allow unfair treatment to carry on if that’s what’s happening. If you are unsure, ask for an objective opinion from someone you trust to start with or seek legal advice on your employment situation.
Keep A Record
Keeping a record of your treatment is a good practice to get into if you feel you are being treated unfairly at work and will also help you to feel empowered and more in control of the situation. A record of events could be useful to have if you need to take things further but can also help you to see things clearly and even identify patterns in the behavior of the person treating you unfairly.
If you suspect that you are being treated unfairly, it is worth getting up to date with understanding employment law. Knowledge is power. You will be much better placed to deal with any issues that arise if you know where you stand in the matter and what options are available to you moving forward.
Depending on your company culture; it might be worth getting advice from an HR representative or impartial supervisor within your company. Get a lay of the land beforehand and ensure that you feel as comfortable as possible with this option before proceeding. If you feel that getting impartial advice from outside the company will be a better move, do that instead. Small companies don’t always have anyone that you can turn to and if the person you are being treated unfairly by is the top of the pile, then you will need to weigh up your options.
Take Care of Yourself
Whatever way the situation at work plays out, take care of yourself and make your health a priority. Stress in the workplace is a big issue for many people and it is important to take action to reduce stress and maintain good health and wellbeing.