Every business leader wants things to go smoothly in her company. Unfortunately, workplace problems will arise at some point. An employee will behave inappropriately among his or her colleagues. An unexpected injury leads to an insurance claim. Although you hope to avoid such events, it is important to prepare yourself to deal with them.
As a leader, it is natural to become defensive when employees file complaints or claims. This is the time to slow down and avoid a snap reaction. Instead, take a cooperative attitude, participating in the investigation as appropriate. When an employee comes with a complaint, listen to the full story without interrupting. When it comes to less serious complaints, sometimes all the employee needs is to feel heard. For more serious complaints or insurance claims, let the investigation play out. It is better to develop a response once you know all the necessary information.
Know Your Employee’s Rights
You can never predict when a workplace accident will happen. Knowledge is the best preparation for employee insurance claims. You will want to know the rights employees have in personal injury claims in order to know how to best handle the claims against you. Consult with a lawyer to determine your legal liability and the next steps in the process. A legal professional can tell you more about employee rights in personal injury claims in your state. You want to treat your injured employees fairly, but you also need to prevent unnecessary harm to your company.
Find an Appropriate Solution
There are some complaints, such as sexual harassment or physical threats, that require a swift, strong response. In less serious cases, it is possible to handle complaints in a collaborative way. Working together with your employees, you can get to the root of the complaint. Women in leadership are often skilled in developing collaborative solutions to problems in the workplace. You can apply a similar approach to injury claims. By learning how the injury happened, you can put safeguards in place to prevent it from happening again in the future. This sort of action shows that you are a responsive company that cares about its employees.
Employee complaints and insurance claims are unfortunate but inevitable parts of being in business. People do not always behave as they should. Even with the best preparation, accidents and injuries happen. You can protect your company by thinking through your response to these events ahead of time. A little preparation will take away some of the stress of dealing with difficult issues.
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