If your business has lost an unfair dismissal claim, it will likely have a negative impact on your remaining employees. Here’s how…
So, you’ve lost an unfair dismissal claim, and are worried about the impact this may have on your company? Well, there’s no doubt that seeing a fellow employee experience an unfair dismissal can be off-putting for remaining employees, especially if they are aware of the situation behind the dismissal.
Specifically, it may affect morale and how employees feel regarding approaching management with concerns. It could also make them feel unable to speak up regarding any problems that they might be facing in the workplace in fear of being dismissed.
We’re here to inform you how an unfair dismissal can affect remaining employees and what you can do to reassure your employees. So, let’s take a look…
How Will Remaining Employees Be Affected?
They’ll Stress About Their Every Move at Work
We can expect this situation to subconsciously affect any person. Even if an employee has previously been recognised for their good work and value, they might be struggling with self-doubt following the unfair dismissal of a fellow employee. They might begin to overthink everything they do at work as they don’t know whether it will be considered as fireable.
This is likely to increase stress and burnout, and may even reduce productivity. All-in-all, it could lead to the person seeking employment elsewhere.
They’ll Bring Their Concerns Home
For some employees, the impact of another employee’s unfair dismissal won’t only concern them in the workplace. On top of this, it could also become a daily worry in their general life, finding a way to creep into their home.
This could potentially cause further issues, such as mental wellbeing and relationship problems. This is likely to act in a cyclical fashion; these troubles may follow them back to work, affecting morale and productivity.
They’ll Take More Sick Days
If an employee is feeling unhappy and stressed, it could lead to them taking significantly more sick days. A study of 1000 employees found that 32 percent of them take sick days because of feeling stressed.
How Can You Reassure Your Employees?
If you have unfairly dismissed an employee, it’s important to support and reassure your remaining employees during and after the fact. After all, they might feel obligated to stay quiet throughout the employment dispute and not address concerns. There is also the potential that you might be faced with a higher level of resignations if employees feel insecure in their job.
If you are in the process of dismissing an employee, ensure that you are accurately following the employment laws surrounding dismissing staff to prevent unfair dismissal claims from occurring. However, if this is already a problem for your workplace, here are some ideas for combatting the negative impact of it:
Address The Elephant in The Room
If it is noticeable that morale in the workplace has dropped, or even if you are concerned about your remaining employees regardless of a morale drop, you could arrange individual or an overall company meeting. Here, you can advise them of the unfair dismissal and how in the future the same mistake won’t be made, including the measures you are going to take to support them.
This means that, if people are concerned about something regarding the business or another employee, they should feel as if they can come forward and approach someone about it without feeling threatened that they might be fired for speaking out.
If they see you being transparent about the unfair dismissal, they might feel more relaxed. It might also prompt more employees to come forward with their concerns, even if it is regarding something they were worried about discussing even before the employment dispute.
Praise Employees for Their Work
A way to help reassure your remaining employees to avoid adverse feelings following an unfair dismissal is by noticing and informing them of the excellent work that they are doing. Perhaps incorporate a monthly reward for employees you have recognised working hard and doing well at their job.
Not only will it aid them in feeling at ease regarding the situation, but it could boost morale. A study actually found that 79 percent of employees who are appreciated and recognised for their work, work even harder. What’s more, 78 percent are more productive when rewarded for their good work.
An Unfair Dismissal Can Harmfully Affect Your Business as Well as Your Remaining Employees
From this, we can conclude that an unfair dismissal in your business can be seriously harmful in various ways. For starters, it could severely impact the business’ reputation to potential candidates, suppliers, and customers.
Furthermore, remaining employees could become unhappy in the workplace, and this will likely affect the running of the business. Employees might decide to resign and find employment elsewhere, and there could be an increase in sick days and an overall drop in morale and productiveness. Disputes between employees or employees and the business could correspondingly arise.
Therefore, it is simple to see that an unfair dismissal could potentially be catastrophic for a business. It is essential to avoid or quickly resolve and reassure employees if one has occurred. Aim to be transparent with employees, as it will help them be more trusting.
Finally, if you are pursuing a dismissal of an employee, ensure that employment laws are being exactly followed to prevent such problems from happening[AP1] .
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