As a business owner in California, you pride yourself on creating a welcoming and comfortable work environment where your employees come to do their job and they enjoy what they do. You know that disgruntled employees are problematic for your business because they are not motivated, they are not as productive as they can be, they don’t put any effort into their role, and their negative mood brings your entire office down. Even the most accommodating and hospitable business can have employees that are less than happy with their position or the company itself. Swiftly connecting with an employee that is having difficulties is helpful so that you can understand what their concerns are and you can address them quickly. A rapid and cooperative response also shows your team that you care about their issues and you want to help.
What to do When You Have a Disgruntled Employee
No matter what is causing an employee of your California business to be upset and discontented the issue is something that you as the owner must address and find a solution to. The first thing, though, is to be able to be in tune with your employees so that you can identify any that are struggling or feeling displeased. When you notice any of the following signs, it is likely that your employee is disgruntled:
- The quality of their work decreases.
- They show no interest in their job.
- They continually take days off or are come in late and leave early.
- They do not appear happy and they complain regularly.
- They do not speak well of their job or your business.
- You know of a personal issue that could be plaguing them.
- Other employees have complained about having to work with them.
The way you respond to disgruntled employees matters and a fast response is also necessary. Try the following:
- Speak to the employee and let them know that they seem unhappy and you care about their wellbeing. If they are open to discuss any issues they have with you, you will listen and see if there is an agreeable and beneficial resolution that can be made.
- Take some time to think about the changes in the employee that are taking place and ask yourself if there is something that you are doing that could be causing their confusion and stress. If you are the root of the problem, you can easily fix it.
- Remember to keep your temper in check and your tone too when you are talking with a disgruntled employee. An employee that is already in a bad way will not respond well or be able to change their attitude or work ethic if you are unprofessional. While you are attending to the employee it is also incredibly important that you keep everything confidential and always make sure to keep detailed documentation of what is happening. Should you decide that the employee will not work out anymore for your business, you want to have the documentation to show that you treated them fairly and that you respected their privacy.
Speak with a Los Angeles Business Attorney Today
A disgruntled employee could behave erratically and may try to take action to harm your business through a legal response or other forms of destruction. Having effective Los Angeles legal counsel for your business is essential to protecting it from damage. Call Levia Law today to speak with a knowledgeable and skilled California business attorney during a free consultation at (818) 519-4465.