Why is it important to monitor your employees


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Why is it important to monitor your employees

  1. 1. Why is it important to monitor your employees? Introduction For long a forgotten issue violence at the workplace has dramatically gained momentum in recent years and is now a priority concern both in industrialized and in developing countries. However, while in the industrialized world, awareness has been progressively transformed into action, in the developing world an effective response has taken more time to materialize. We all found that it fitted the criteria set within the question and because we all found the topic an extremely vital part of everyday working life. There are not many things that are more important to an employee than his/her safety. In addition, we think that a manager should know how to stop violence in his/her company, how to intervene in case of violence, and to know how to protect employees from workplace violence, referring to guidelines. Other reason for choosing this topic is that we are looking forward to working within organizations in the near future, and of course, our safety will be of the up most important to us; as if we know that we are working in a safe environment we all feel that we would be able to fulfill our tasks. Moreover, as a managers we will work much more efficiently as we would not have to worry about our safety or the safety of the employees working for us. We should not only know how to help create a safe work environment, but also must understand the ramifications of what can happen when a company doesn’t live up to the law and to the federal. it is vital for a manager to have some basic understanding of how to spot a potential aggressive/dangerous employee and to take some type of preventive action to stop that employee from carrying out violent/aggressive actions towards his/her co-workers on the job. We therefore think that by studying this article, it will give us some insight into the potential problems that we will have to deal with on a day-to-day basis in our future jobs. The HR managers must know what can happen if the company doesn’t follow the federal law, the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The company most provides an environment “free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to . . . employees.” In its 1996 Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Health Care and Social Service Workers, OSHA defines workplace violence as any physical assault, threatening behavior, or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting. The best weapon against workplace violence is information upon this. The HR managers should arm themselves with useful information such as, only 10 % of the homicides on the workplace is committed by coworkers, or that cash is usually the motive when a homicide is committed. Experts estimate that approximately 2 mill people are being exposed for workplace violence, this also includes people who are harassed. Victims get on average $500000 for an out of court settlement and 3 mill with a jury. If an outside person is threatening one of your employees you can go to the court and get a restraining order. This can help you in a lawsuit.
  2. 2. “To protect yourself legally, you have to intervene, but you have to know how to intervene and what to tell an employee. You can’t just say, ‘You’ve got a problem. Deal!’ You have to learn to intervene in a non-intrusive manner, how to handle conflict situations, how to resolve conflicts. “It isn’t mission impossible.” Hiring when hiring new employees you as the manager or owner will have to keep in mind that you need harmony in the workforce. This means hiring the right mix of people. You can have the employees who are going to work close together with the newcomer, to take part in the selection. Some people just like causing problems for other people. They get a kick out of it. These personalities can be detected by testing the applicants. But if you’re have to hire and you can only get people who don’t fit your criteria you will have to do Training the newcomers and the current staff is also important. When a new employee comes to the company, he or she should be trained in how to do the job, but also in what kind of job attitude, which the company expects from him or her to show. There are three steps, which are of great importance when training employees to stop violence: first they have to know about the problem, then to recognize it and finally respond to it in a legal way. Both employees and employer have certain responsibilities. The employees should have confidence in the manager so that they will report aggressive actions by coworkers. A motivated employee in a safe workplace, and showed interest in, is more likely to be satisfied in their job. Discrimination is a serious matter when it come employees. If the manager is a discriminating employee because of sexuality, race or sex. Title VII of 1964 Civil Rights Act: This act makes it unlawful for employees and employer to discriminate against any individual with respect to hiring, compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. If the there is discrimination at a workplace it is more likely to be a bad environment, which can lead to violence. However if there is no discrimination the employee will respect each other, and the environment will be safer to work in. Equal opportunities are another important topic. The manager has to make sure that the employees get the same opportunities when it comes to salary and advancing. The manager also has to make sure that there is no difference between male and female employees. Equal Pay Act (1963): An amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act designed to require equal pay for women doing the same work as men. As a manager you will have to look after your employees, making a safe work environment. Motivation and job satisfaction are the key factors. It is unlikely that an employee who are motivated and satisfied with their job will act violent but if you remove just one of those two factors, the chance of an employee turning aggressive gets a lot greater. However it is not as easy as it is said to motivate and making sure that the employees are satisfied in their job, but the best place to start is by showing interest in the employees, letting them know that you care about them and that you know what is going on in the workplace. If a situation should occur and the result will be a lawsuit, then the most important issue will be if you as the manager were aware of the situation coming up and secondly if you tried to intervene, making sure that the problem would escalate. The government has made it clear by making examples out of
  3. 3. companies, that they are serious when it comes to the laws regarding protecting the employees. It is therefore important that the matter is taken seriously. We will get a huge responsibility when becoming managers, therefore it is vital that we seek information on how to improve our skills as managers, so that we will avoid lawsuits and become more effective.