For any business owner, there are going to be times where you need to step in and prevent a situation from developing inside of the office. It doesn’t matter what size of your staff is and who is working for you, there simply are actions and behaviors you should never tolerate, regardless of who it is from. These are five of the behaviors you need to squash and prevent from developing at all costs.
Intimidation and bullying often go hand in hand. While most people might assume bullying stays on the playground, this is actually something that can accompany someone throughout their life. It really isn’t something that just instantly stops, and although hopefully most people grow out of it, there are always going to be those who attempt to bully and intimidate others around them. You need to step in in order to avoid this from going any further. If it gets out of hand you may end up losing multiple people in your staff who quit because they don’t want to deal with the individual. Your staff is only as good as the weakest link, and if the weakest link is a bully and someone who works off of intimoidation, it is not going to do anything for your team building principles.
Harassment of any form is no good at all and, should you not do anything about it, you may find yourself on the receiving end of a law suit. Whether it is sexual harassment, harassment of how someone performs or really any other variation, you need to stop it as soon as you catch wind of what is going on. Due to this, in order to provide team building exercises and to make sure this never happens, you must leave your door open to allow your staff to come in and talk with you whenever. This way, should you find out harassment is going on, you can stop in as quickly as possible.
From age to gender, race to income, there are all sorts of different ways people can discriminate against other people. This is basically a form of harassment and it should never be tolerated from your staff. Now, there might be times where people think they are joking around with other employees but some of the employees do not take it as joking but instead discrimination or harassment. When this happens you need to discuss the situation with those people involved. Sometimes your staff members might not realize what they are doing is bothering others. By stepping in to work on the issue as soon as it comes up, it keeps everyone working at their peak capacity, without you worrying about what might go on.
While there are no laws preventing someone from being rude, it can bring down the morale of the entire staff when there is someone who is constantly being rude to other people. Now, everyone has their bad days and this is to be expected on occasion, but workers should never lash out at others. Should this happen, make sure to talk with the employees. They need to know that while bad days happen, it is essential for them to leave their personal lives at home.
Lateness is a behavior that is going to reduce the productivity of everyone in your staff. It also shows a disrespect for the rest of the workers who are on time. Now, accidents happen and, on occasion, someone might be a few minutes late due to an unforeseen problem, but constant lateness prevents proper team building from happening.