Employees who challenge and undermine your authority on an ongoing basis are purposefully sabotaging your existence. They are rejecting your right to oversee them and have decided that you are not their boss. You are their boss, they just don’t like it. Maybe they believe they should be in charge or maybe they want you to prove yourself or maybe they just have psychological blocks. Regardless of the reason, they are trying to undermine your effectiveness and they are counting on the presumption that they are too clever and you will avoid confrontation.
If an employee doesn’t respect your authority, the situation must be resolved immediately so that the insubordinate behaviour doesn’t interfere with the work environment and for the good of the company.
It’s not unusual in this kind of situation to feel anger or sheer frustration with the problem. Perhaps the employee thinks it’s okay to just walk out of work because they are unhappy about something or take a break when they feel like it, or simply ignore your reasonable management instructions altogether. So, how can you deal with employees who challenge and undermine your authority?
Mediation in the workplace enables disputing parties to discuss their points of view in a safe environment and to give the best chance of reaching a mutual resolution to their differences. Workplace mediation can provide a practical solution to an employment issue that would otherwise end up the subject of costly and time consuming legal proceedings where the underlying emotional issue is never resolved by either party. Engaging an experienced workplace mediator can encourage both parties to reach an agreement.
Metis Mediation has a wealth of experience with employees who challenge and undermine authority and can guide you on the best way to approach difficult issues.
We can help with:
- Reducing management time spent on difficult employees
- Dispute resolution
- Commitment to implementing negotiated agreements
- Reduction in cost of complaints and disputes
- Providing an independent listener to aggrieved employees
- Improving working relationships
Have you ever felt a workplace dispute has got out of control? Do you feel a betrayal of trust has occurred within the workplace? Has a situation with an employee left you feeling useless, helpless, or incapable of resolving a problem with staff who do not seem to follow the rules? If the answer is yes, and you do not wish the potential danger of a failed tribunal, or learn more on how to deal with employees who challenge and undermine your authority then give us a call – 01706 565332
Metis HR is a professional HR Consultancy based in the North West of England supporting clients across the country. We specialise in providing outsourced HR services to small and medium-sized businesses. Call us now on 01706 565332 to discuss how we may help you.