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Tips on handling employee disputes

For Colorado employers, navigating employee disputes can be challenging. Workforces are composed of many different people, which means that conflicts and misunderstandings are bound to arise. Here at Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., we know that conflicts between employees can sometimes lead to damaging lawsuits. Fortunately, there are steps both employers and workers can take to successfully resolve disputes and ensure all parties are ultimately satisfied.

U.S. News & World Report offers a few helpful tips on mitigating employee disputes in the workplace. In most cases, an agreeable working environment is predicated on all parties taking responsibility for their actions. This is especially important when it comes to conflict resolution; workers should address the issue together and take the necessary steps to alleviate the source of conflict. Once this occurs, the problem should not be revisited, as doing so will only drag out the initial battle.

It’s also important not to attribute malice to an issue that may be caused by a simple misunderstanding. There should be a genuine attempt to look at things from the other person’s perspective, which can be accomplished by taking a sincere interest in one's motivations. Clarification of motives can go a long way towards easing office tensions and preventing a seemingly small problem from escalating into a larger concern.

In the event a particularly heated debate occurs, giving employees a bit of time to cool off is highly recommended. Having a meaningful conversation in the midst of raging emotions is usually a recipe for disaster, and can actually impede the journey to a productive resolution. If you have concerns regarding employment litigation, please visit us online to learn more about your options.

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