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Turning a blind eye: Preventing employee mistreatment in the workplace.

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Employees' negative reaction to unfair treatment in the workplace creates instability within the organization. Unfair treatment in the workplace can have different traits. Interpersonal rejection can take many forms and occurs in areas such as the workplace. Unfair treatment can be regarded as a stressor that causes both psychological and physical effects. Enduring stressors like experiences of discrimination or workplace bullying are linked to depression and anxiety. Stress can have an impact on employees’ emotional as well as physical health. Managers’ ability to reduce workplace stress can make the difference between the failure and success of the business.

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Employee sabotage is behavior that can harm or disrupt the organization’s operations by creating chaos or confusion in employees’ relationships, causing harm to employees, or in general, setting up employees to fail. Supervisors ask why employees fail to follow instructions and at the same time, give mixed signals on what is required for an assignment or give no direction at all. Leadership must create effective management systems establishing the overall goals of the organization. A breakdown of individual departmental goals should be created and executed. Developmental training plays a big part in employees understanding what they are required to do. The skills and tools in the training are essential for them to be productive in their jobs. The training gives the employee the ability to develop and grow which is linked to job motivation and success.

The following are indications that the employee do not know what the supervisor want them to do: Assignments are not completed on time or correctly, many errors in his or her work, the employee is given ‘busy’ work that does not have any significance to the job, employees doesn’t feel comfortable asking for help or fails to give feedback in a timely matter, and the employees eventually shows signs of frustrations and disgust on a daily basis. Managers should not be afraid to address matters that can potentially have a negative effect on ones leadership. To start creating and building a more positive atmosphere, start by having an ‘open door’ policy for employees to bring ideas or issues to the table. Listen to the ideas with an open mind that may add to your brilliant plans of success as the manager. Offer solutions or feedback that will motivate and encourage the employees in moving forward with a more positive mind-set in the organization.