Almost every employee goes through a point in their career wherein they have a grievance about their work or employer. There are many different possible reasons behind this. Perhaps your boss keeps asking you to work overtime without pay. Maybe they took away one of the perks that made you want to work for them in the first place. Or a superior simply doesn’t treat you properly.
Whichever of these apply to you, there are several things you can — and should — do to address the issue before you just give up on your job.
Don’t Automatically Assume You’re Alone
In many cases, safety in numbers applies to the workplace, particularly when it comes to grievances. If you have something against your boss or you don’t think of a new work policy is fair and just, it’s possible that others also feel the same way. Talk to the colleagues you trust the most and make sure you do so professionally and. And in case you find such people, ask them to go with you as a group to consult with the management.
Bring Your Concerns to the Union
A strike isn’t always the sole solution to worker grievances. A union arbitration offers employees with grievances a better alternative. This unique process involves resolving disputes in the workplace through the skills, knowledge, and experience of a professional decision maker free of biases. All of the involved parties have the right to choose whomever they would appoint as this third party, so you and everyone else can expect a fair procedure.
Set Realistic Expectations — Especially Regarding Compromises
Lastly, keep in mind that even with the majority of your colleagues prepared to rally against the management or the subject of the grievance, this doesn’t automatically mean you should expect the most favorable outcome. As such, it is best that you also are prepared to compromise.