Owning and running a business comes with its shares of excitement and challenges. As a business owner, you are privileged to provide a livelihood to employees who work for you.
However, in the process of running your business and creating a conducive workplace for your employees, it is not uncommon for mistakes to happen. And while some mistakes can be seemingly trivial and unintentional, they can have lasting consequences to your business.
Here are common employer mistakes that can amount to discrimination
Having “favorite” employees
Chances are you have a diverse workforce. And, the chances are high that you have one or two employees whose work you love so much. While this is absolutely normal, it is extremely important that you treat all your employees equally when it comes to matters pertaining to their work. Showing open favoritism can prompt employees who are less favored to claim discrimination. As a result, they may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Lacking place workplace safety policy
Every workplace has its share of risks. As such, it is important that you develop a comprehensive workplace safety policy and have your employees appropriately trained on safety awareness. Besides minimizing costly injuries, a safe and secure workplace will also go a long way in ensuring optimum output and an increased bottom line for your business.
Overlooking claims of discrimination
As an employer, it is likely you have had an employee or a group of employees unfairly treat their colleagues. This could be a supervisor who made sexual advances on their team member or an employee who was discriminated against based on their protected status. It is important that you conduct a thorough investigation and resolve any claims of discrimination as soon as they are reported. Failure to do so can cause your business serious problems down the road.
A lot goes into running a successful business. Find out how you can avoid costly workforce mistakes while running your business.