Disputes can arise in a workplace between involved parties, including the employer and an employee. This is why contracts should have a conflict resolution clause. But what can cause conflict between an employer and an employee?
Here are three common causes of conflicts in this area:
1. Different personalities
A diverse workplace will have people with different personalities. Nonetheless, employers and employees should understand each other’s differences to work without difficulties. Personality clashes are often associated with the misinterpretation of words and actions that can lead to deeper problems over time.
2. Unmatched expectations
Employers and employees expect something from each other. An employer will want the employee to be productive and do their jobs. On the other hand, the employee will expect what was promised during hiring to be fulfilled, be it opportunities, salary increases or a comfortable working environment. When one party believes their expectations are not met, a dispute may arise.
For instance, if an employee had a previous employer who gave instructions and left them to handle a project, but they believe the current one is micromanaging them, they may have issues, as they may view this as not trusting or respecting their skills. If they were promised certain perks in their contract, that could also lead to a dispute.
3. Poor communication
Communication should be top-notch between management and employees. Poor communication can lead to conflicts. For instance, if the employer wants to change operations, they should inform the employees in a meeting and welcome questions to ensure they are on the same page. However, if adequate information is not provided, an employee may make a costly mistake.
Employer-employee disputes can occur in any company due to the reasons mentioned above and more. If this is your experience, it will help to get legal guidance to resolve the issues without ending up in litigation, if possible.