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How to handle disputes with your employer

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2024 | Employment Law

According to Pollack Peacebuilding Systems, approximately 85% of employees struggle with conflict in the workplace. If you deal with conflict at work, talking with your employer about the issues can feel overwhelming.

However, understanding your options can empower you to address these issues effectively.

Identify the dispute

Workplace conflicts can involve various issues. For example, you may deal with unfair compensation, scheduling grievances or discrimination. Recognizing the specific nature of your dispute is important for choosing the most appropriate course of action.

Open communication

Addressing the issue directly with your employer can often prove a productive first step. Schedule a private meeting, clearly articulate your concerns and emphasize your desire to find a solution. Maintain a calm and professional demeanor. It is also important to focus on specific instances and factual evidence to support your claims. Document the conversation accurately, taking notes or recording details for future reference.

Internal resources

If direct communication proves unsuccessful, Illinois offers employees multiple resources for seeking resolution. First, contact your company’s Human Resources department. This allows you to report the issue formally and initiate internal grievance procedures.

If that does not work, you can also file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Labor or the EEOC, depending on the nature of your dispute.

Prioritize your well-being

Workplace disputes can take a toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Prioritize your health by seeking support from family, friends or professional counselors. Maintaining healthy boundaries, taking time for self-care and prioritizing stress management techniques can help you navigate this challenging situation.

Remember, you have rights and deserve to have your employer treat you fairly in the workplace. Do not let an employer bully you into accepting unreasonable conditions or unfair treatment. Building confidence in your skills and exploring alternative employment opportunities can empower you to leave a toxic environment and find a workplace that values you and your contributions.