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Are some employers hiding their heads in the sand?

Many of us have worked in companies where we hear the latest buzzwords and acronyms yet the company is riddled with incompetence. You know the kind I’m talking about – the ones where they say things like “We are fully committed  to equal opportunities and have a zero-tolerant approach to bullying” yet the person saying this is the director of a company that has a high sickness rate caused by bullying, nepotism and all the other ‘isms.

Employers increasingly expect their employees to put in more time, be more flexible and committed yet these employers do not care enough to provide a safe and fair working environment for their employees.  Why would an employer treat their staff so appallingly yet expect the same staff to be loyal, committed and to bend over backwards to help the company succeed? There are now more laws than ever to protect employees yet never  have I seen employers show such disregard for their staff.  Grievance processes are rarely fair and this has resulted in a sharp rise in the number of claims ending up at the employment tribunal.  The culture in most workplaces now is that promotion is based on *who* you know, not *what* you know.  When the essential criterion for promotion is one’s ability to ‘network’ as opposed to being on merit, it can only end in disaster for that company – people get given jobs they don’t deserve and lack the skills/experience for while employees who deserve those jobs are left demoralised or leave for pastures new where their contribution will be more appreciated and rewarded.

Employers hide their heads in the sand while inequity and bullying reigns.  While an employer can’t please every employee, employers can at least do their best to make their companies as fair as possible and in the event that someone feels aggrieved, they should have confidence in the company’s grievance process.  A workplace with unfair practices leaves employees completely demoralised  and employers would do well to remember the most dangerous kind of employee they can have is an employee that has nothing left to lose.

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