Your rights at work are precious and they’re worth protecting. If you’re finding yourself in a difficult situation at work and you’re not sure what to do about it, going back to your basic rights under the law should be the first port of call. Those rights are there for a reason and it’s only right that you defend them and stand up for them. If you’re not sure how to do that, here’s some useful advice.
Start by Learning What Your Rights Are
Before you can do anything else, you need to understand what your rights at work actually are. Of course, this is something that will vary from location to location depending on what the local employment laws are. You should find out what the laws are in your area so that you can understand where you stand what your rights are under the law.
Get to Know Your HR Reps
Getting on good terms with your employer’s HR reps is always a good idea. These are the people you’ll need to be in contact with and who you’ll need to turn to if there’s ever a problem at work. When it comes to defending your rights, you’ll probably achieve better outcomes if you’re on good terms with these people and not too combative with them because that’s not where you want to start.
Speak to a Lawyer When You Feel it Necessary
If you’ve been hurt at work and you feel you weren’t kept safe or properly protected by the company you work for and this is partially to blame for the accident, it’s a good idea to seek legal guidance. There are up to 3.8 million concussions in the workplace each year and you should take action to ensure you get compensation if you become part of that statistic.
Join a Trade Union
It makes sense to find out which union represents people in your field and industry. By joining a trade union, you’ll have an external point of contact to help you in the workplace if a conflict or problem arises. They’ll be on your side and be able to defend you against employers who you feel are ignoring your rights and taking advantage of you.
Be Assertive Without Being Angry
Sometimes, you need to be assertive at work. As we mentioned above, this is not normally the best place to start when dealing with a problem. But if being polite and cordial gets you ignored, you need to be clear and assertive about what should happen. When you know what your rights are, there’s nothing wrong with asserting them clearly.
Protecting your rights at work is vital because if you don’t stand up for your own rights, now is going to do it for you. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re going to have your rights ignored or bypassed. It will only happen if you allow it to, so if you think you’re being taken advantage of, take a stand.
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