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7 Ways to Create a Healthy Work Environment to Avoid Misconduct

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Allegations of misconduct in the workplace may involve sexual indiscretions and harassment, unethical behavior, or other offenses that create a hostile environment. These undesirable situations could be avoided by establishing a healthy business atmosphere.

No matter how small or large a company, such allegations and behaviors can lead to lawsuits, loss of customers, or even a business shutdown. At the very least, misconduct can disrupt worker performance, which significantly diminishes production.

However, small business owners can establish a healthy business environment to avoid misconduct in the workplace by taking a few measures that ensure happier and more productive employees.

  • Create a code of conduct — Developing guidelines helps employees understand the expectations for their behavior. Let them know how to avoid missteps related to unethical actions, Workplace Answers explains.
  • Adopt a clear anti-harassment policy — Legal advice is often necessary to understand federal, state, and local laws. Make sure employees are aware of your policy with copies or in handbooks. The policy should define sexual harassment, the discipline involved, the procedures for complaints, and the consequences, Nolo reports.
  • Implement ethics training — Some employers use this practice for new employees, but routine or refresher programs let all employees understand their obligations with your company and know how to react to workplace misconduct.
  • Monitor communication, conversations, and emails — It’s important for employers to observe and check on possible inappropriate behavior, HR Daily Advisor points out. Business owners may also inspect company emails to scan for harassing content. Stop the behavior immediately or remind employees of your company rules if there is suspected unethical behavior.
  • Let employees know their options and define the process — Provide a reporting system that helps employees disclose violations of conduct. Allow anonymous communication as much as possible or arrange private meetings with those responsible for alleged violations.
  • Show employee appreciation — Praise workers for a job well done. It’s easy to point out mistakes, but employees who feel needed are more likely to adhere to workplace standards, according to Chron.com. Allow employee input through questionnaires, suggestions, or surveys.
  • Hire principled people — Education and experience are important when hiring new employees, but so are values. Know the ideals and beliefs of applicants when interviewing to make sure their attitude fits in with the standards of the company.
  • Lead by example — Good leaders exhibit healthy workplace practices. When your decisions and actions adhere to the standards you want for your business, employees will conduct themselves in a similar manner.

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