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Creating an environment where employees feel free to speak up

It can be very important for small businesses that their employees feel comfortable reporting potential problems to the company. This includes things like suspected incidents of sexual harassment or discrimination. Getting prompt reports of such problems from workers could help a small business become aware of such problems sooner. This, in turn, could allow it to take actions to respond to the problems sooner. The longer potential problems in the workplace go unaddressed, the more time they have to grow in severity and lead to incidents could potentially result in a company facing things such as costly employment litigation.

There are many things that can have impacts on how comfortable the employees of a given business feel reporting potential workplace problems. One is what sorts of workplace policies the company has. Skilled employment law attorneys can assist companies with developing workplace policies aimed at promoting important goals, such as creating an environment where employees feel like they can speak up.

Another thing that can impact how comfortable workers feel speaking up when they notice a potential problem in the workplace is how approachable the company’s bosses and owners are. When such company higher-ups give off the impression of being unapproachable, it could deter workers from reaching out to them about workplace concerns.

So, staying approachable can be an important thing for small business owners and bosses. What sorts of things can help an owner or boss with this? Among the things a recent Small Business Trends article recommended on this front were: smiling, carefully listening to employees, being mindful of body language, making eye contact and regularly reaching out to employees.

What tips would you give to small business owners and bosses when it comes to staying approachable?

Source: Small Business Trends, “Are Your Employees Scared of You? 4 Ways to be More Approachable,” Rieva Lesonsky, Oct. 3, 2017

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