Perhaps one of the greatest challenges an employer can face is dealing with an unhappy worker. A disgruntled employee can present many problems. On one level, having someone around who has a chip on his or her shoulder can negatively affect company morale.
An unhappy worker could also perform poorly and affect your company's relationships with valued clients and customers. It is even possible the employee could embezzle funds or steal critical data.
So how can an employer lessen the likelihood of a bad outcome with a disgruntled employee? Well, according to the Harvard Business Review, there are a number of actions that employers can take when dealing with unhappy workers:
- Taking an interest in the employee's personal development. Let the employee know his or her work matters and offer to help them achieve more within the company.
- Being honest with the employee. Giving an employee a truthful assessment, even when it's negative, can help nurture trust.
- Giving the employee encouragement. Employees often seek motivation from those they work for. They should receive frequent positive feedback.
- Showing trust in the employee. Distrust creates unhappiness within an organization. Providing consistency in working relationships is a good way to build trust.
Unfortunately, sometimes an employee cannot be reached in spite of an employer's best effort. And as a result, that employee may go on to act against the company. Such acts could include embezzlement, theft of trade secrets, slander or even acts of violence.
If one of your employees or former employees has committed some form of a tortious act that is negatively impacting your business, you have a right to protect your interests and even seek redress if possible. A Florida business torts attorney may be able to help you deal with your problem.
Depending on the circumstances, the attorney could act on your behalf to hold the responsible party accountable for his or her actions. And when possible the attorney can attempt to help you recover any financial losses you may have incurred as a result of the party's actions.