Conflicts pertaining to the workplace arise on a day-to-day basis, especially with busy and active companies. Morale and emotions run high, and without proper training, managers risk disrupting employee relations and getting their employers in litigation.
Not only can failing to address conflicts in the workplace open the employer up to liability, it may also lead to higher turnover, lower productivity, and low morale. Employers should keep in mind that these effects of poor employee relations ultimately affects the company’s bottom line, and measures should ideally be taken before any conflicts arise, to prevent them in the first place. However, it is natural for conflicts to arise in the workplace nonetheless, and having a clear complaint procedure in place can assist in resolving any employee relations disputes.
Our employment and HR lawyers can assist with various employee relations matters, such as communication, complaints, workplace policies, accommodation, and progressive discipline, to name a few. Failing to address conflicts or issues may open the employer up to liability and potential litigation down the line.
Our employment lawyers can help ensure that conflict resolution processes are effective when it comes to managing employee relations, and that employers are adhering to the various pieces of relevant legislation, such as Bill 168, which deals with violence and harassment in the workplace.
Employers should obtain competent legal representation well in advance to offer guidance on employee relations issues, and best practices in drafting employee handbooks and addressing any potential human rights issues. Not only would this help avoid costly legal battles down the line, but it would also promote a healthy work environment, improve morale, and increase productivity.