If you work in Human Resources, you should be concerned about office politics. If they are not managed carefully, they can destroy your company culture. This, in turn, can threaten the very survival of your business.
How Do Office Politics Hurt Your Business?
Destructive office politics takes a toll throughout your organization.
- Frustrated staff members
- Increased absenteeism and turnover
- Lower productivity
- Negative online employee reviews
- Loss of employer reputation
Limiting Office Politics With WorkforceHUB
1. Survey Employees
Information gathering is your first step. You can do this with WorkforceHUB, the unified HR portal from Berndt CPA.
WorkforceHUB provides a way for all staff to give feedback directly or anonymously. This will yield valuable information.
2. Create Targeted Policies
When you have feedback, you can create organizational policies to decrease the unethical behavior.
Perhaps associates say managers show favoritism. Maybe lax oversight allows employees to take credit for other people’s work.
You should already have policies on how promotions are given. And a formal reporting structure.
You will probably need to update your employee handbook. That’s easy in WorkforceHUB. You can update as often as you want. No re-printing required. Since WorkforceHUB is cloud-based, employees can access it from any mobile device.
Electronic signature lets your staff members acknowledge agreement right in the system.
3. Hold Supervisors Accountable For Enforcing Policies
If your supervisors aren’t on board, trying to limit office politics is an exercise in futility.
Your supervisors are your first line of defense. If they are showing favoritism, let them know that you won’t tolerate it. Make sure performance reviews reflect whether the manager is fair and ethical.
One of the top complaints from staff members is that they are not recognized for their work. Or worse, another team member takes credit. Better manager oversight can solve this problem.
Require your supervisors to create a recognition program. If each team member’s work is recognized consistently, it will go a long way to foster mutual appreciation. And each employee will receive credit where credit is due.
If team leads don’t enforce the rules, use a progressive discipline policy. The final penalty is termination (Make sure you document it for compliance.) Weed out managers that undermine your efforts.
4. Increase Workforce Unity
Share detailed productivity information that staff members can see every day when they log into WorkforceHUB. Help each staff member know how their work contributes to the overall business objectives. When staff members understand the bigger picture, it builds staff unity.
Improve Your Company Culture With WorkforceHUB
WorkforceHUB has tools that help you limit office politics and improve engagement. This includes employee surveys, employee handbook management, daily productivity announcements, an anonymous suggestion box, and a recognition wall.
Berndt CPA offers WorkforceHUB, the unified Human Resources portal that makes it easy to optimize the performance of your managers, employees, and organization.
WorkforceHUB includes TimeWorksPlus, TimeSimplicity, and TimeWorks Mobile. We’ve just added onboarding, benefits enrollment, performance reviews, and employee engagement! WorkforceHUB is developed for busy employers like you who need to streamline scheduling, automate time and attendance tracking, maintain regulatory compliance, and lessen labor costs.
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