Alexandria, Virginia (forpressrelease) March 6, 2019 - SmartHR, a Northern Virginia HR solutions firm
, recently released a blog outlining the top ways to handle hostile workplace environments. When dealing with such an environment, there are several steps that business owners and HR professionals can take in addition to receiving assistance from Northern Virginia HR consulting services
A hostile workplace is one that makes it impossible for an employee to properly do their job. The terms and expectations surrounding the job become unreasonable due to the actions of another employee or manager, making the job more stressful than necessary. This can include discrimination, racism, sexual harassment, or being pressured to quit, among other behaviors. These environments make it difficult for your company to produce quality work and for your employees to feel safe on a daily basis. Hostile workplaces should be addressed immediately to prevent potential lawsuits and the loss of talented employees.
Once you have been made aware of a hostile work environment, quick action is essential. Addressing the behaviors directly with the people responsible for creating the hostile work environment, while difficult, shows your employees that you will not tolerate discriminatory behavior and will work to create a better environment. Formal training courses explaining what is and is not acceptable in the workplace, followed by discussion and good communication, can help employees work to create a better workplace culture. Encouraging camaraderie through team building events and office gathering can help people see each other not as competition, but as a community in pursuit of the same goals. Finally, create a formal harassment policy, explaining what actions and behaviors are prohibited in your workplace, how employees can file future complaints, and how these claims will be investigated and resolved.
An outsourced HR solutions firm can provide long- or short-term support to ease tensions in a hostile work environment and move towards a better workplace. Speak to the HR consultants at Smart HR for more information. The firm can work with your business on an ongoing or per-project basis, allowing you to customize the type of support you receive. Smart HR also provides recruiting, talent acquisition, management training, audit, and compliance services. The firm can be contacted online at https://www.smarthrinc.com/
or by phone at 703-972-1272. Smart HR is headquartered at 917 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.