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As an employee we should feel valued and respected every day that we come into work. But as employee’s we know this isn’t always the case. There are so many things wrong with some companies that make them truly terrible placed to work for. Yet the chances are we put up with everything thrown at us simply because we don’t want to lose our jobs. But this isn’t how things should work. Any workplace should be free of hassle and everyone should have mutual respect for each other. If you’re fed up of some of the things going on in the company you work for, then take a stand!
Discrimination happens in every company in many different ways. It doesn’t necessarily have to be racial discrimination, this is really uncommon now. The discrimination we’re talking about is gender and favoritism. Gender discrimination is still really prominent in the workplace. Often males are chosen for the better roles, or given the better tasks during the day. If it is a mainly male based company then this is likely going to be happening often. But it does work both ways, if the office is mainly women, it is easy for a male to be discriminated. It isn’t right to be spending your days doing the jobs nobody else wants to do. If you’ve got designated job role, take a stand and stick to it all day. Don’t keep saying yes in fear of losing a job. If this did happen you could look into unfair dismissal charges. It can also be the case that with gender discrimination comes wage discrimination, more information of which can be found on this employment law blog. Favoritism is huge in companies all over the world. If you’re the favorite one then lucky you, if not it can make working days so annoying. If you feel someone is getting special treatment, mention it to your manager and try to get it evenly spread out through the office.
As employees we do have a lot of rights that sometimes aren’t respected. For example, if you work at computers all day, you do have the right to take a 5-10 minute break for every 60 minutes you’re at the computer. This doesn’t necessarily mean a break from working, but you should be able to be away from the computer. You also have the right to fair treatment and respect, which a lot of companies lack. You should come into work and be spoken to with respect like you’d expect in any other walk of life. But once some bosses get the power in their hands, the turn nasty rather than nice. If you feel you’re being spoken to unfairly, just have a word and let them know how you’re feeling. You also have the right to feeling safe in your working environment, again another thing some people don’t feel. If there are continuous hazards you need to report them to your manager, if they’re aware and don’t care, you need to take it further and ask for outside advice on whether a health and safety official can pay a visit to your company.