When you run a business, you always want to ensure that you stay on top of everything so that the workplace is a well-structured place where your employees can perform at their best on a daily basis.
There are everyday problems that you probably already know how to handle, but what about situations that are just downright unusual?
We’ve made a list of 7 unusual workplace issues and how you can deal with them.
1. Pest Infestation
There is the odd occurrence of having a pest infestation in your workplace. This can range from termites to lice, or even fleas. The first thing you need to do is understand where the source of the infestation might be, and know more about the particular pest that is creating a problem in your workspace.
If, for example, you have a flea issue, then you need to know what the lifespan of a flea is, to understand how long it could have been there and also learn about the possible sources. This way, you’ll have an easier time getting rid of them.
Hire a professional exterminator company so they can come and take care of the problem, and make sure you speak with them to learn about the preventative measure that you need to put into play to avoid this in the future.
2. Political & Religious Conversations
There will be instances where you might find people getting heated up over personal political and religious views. This could bleed into how they conduct their work or perhaps requirements that they might ask for in the workplace.
The best thing to do is bring the whole office together to clarify that it would be best to keep personal opinions to themselves to avoid conflict.
As for religious views or requests, the best way to go about this is try your best to show that you respect different people’s beliefs, but in a way that does not offend or distract others from their work.
3. Accusations Of Sexism
You might find yourself faced with a situation where an employee accuses another of sexism or some kind of bias, and this can be a very tricky and extremely sensitive situation.
The best thing to do in this kind of scenario is not get involved and have the people involved sent to HR to deal with this in the most professional manner.
Making such accusations is a big deal and is not to be taken lightly, so it’s important that a record is made and that witnesses give their testaments as well so that the necessary action should be taken.
No form of bullying should ever be tolerated in the workplace. This only creates a hostile environment and can create great tension in the office.
4. Individual Preferences
As your business grows, it’s only inevitable that you will start to have more and more employees. These people have individual preferences that you might have to sometimes comply with.
A good example is that perhaps someone gets pregnant and can no longer stand certain smells within the office. While this could be an issue, it’s important that you make all your employees as comfortable as possible, but within reasonable and rational guidelines.
5. What To Do With An Employee That Becomes Terminally Ill
From one business to the next, and also depending on the country that you are in, different scenarios come into play when an employee becomes terminally ill.
This, more often than not, will affect their attendance and also their performance. The best thing to do is to try your best to accommodate them.
You can try to arrange for them to work from home or assign them less strenuous tasks because the last thing you want to do is put someone who is already suffering in a worse situation by relieving them from the job.
6. Sexual Orientation In The Workplace
In this day and age, there is a lot more openness about people’s sexual orientation. And while in most cases, this doesn’t really affect the workplace as such, it may be an issue when it comes to how people dress.
Taking transgender individuals as an example, perhaps they would like to dress in a certain way or as a certain gender, and perhaps they’d like to change it at times. The best thing to do is to simplify and educate. You don’t want things to get complex.
Make sure that you educate all employees on different genders and the importance of respect, and that at the end of the day, all that matters is that the work gets done while all the employees respect one another and their life choices and circumstances.
7. Getting Romantically Involved With A Colleague
This may make people in the office uncomfortable. So the first thing that needs to be done is that HR needs to be informed if a serious relationship is in play between two employees, and not displaying affection in the workplace is important as this can be distracting.
The environment at any workplace requires a delicate balance between keeping things professional, simple, and respectful.
If you are able to take this approach, no matter how unusual the situation may be, you’ll always be able to overcome it easily.