Erlanger, KY (March 7, 2018)- Everyone has heard about the West Virginia teacher strike, causing schools to be shut down for a total of 9 days. While yes, what was happening to these teachers was unfortunate, nobody wants their schools or businesses to be closed due to a strike. The goal most companies have is to keep their employees happy and satisfied so that they do not have any reason to go on such strikes. While strikes can definitely be needed in certain situations, they are typically avoidable.
One way to avoid strikes is to keep your employees happy. Employees are valuable assets to the company, therefore making sure they are dedicated to the organization can make a big difference. Another way to do this is by compensating your employees fairly. This is one of the reasons that the teachers went on strike because they are teaching in one of the lowest paid states. Don’t be that employer that doesn’t care about your employee’s needs, make sure they are compensated enough to live and be satisfied. Another way to avoid strikes is to create a positive work environment where everyone feels like they have a voice and are valued. Last, open communication can make the world of difference. If employees are scared to come to management about an issue, they make gather and talk on their own, which could lead to union organization. Knowing your employees can discuss problems and suggestions with each other, as well as with the management team will make the entire business run more smoothly.
If strikes are a potential issue for you, consider engaging in union avoidance training. These training sessions are designed to help companies see if they are vulnerable to union organization and if so, developing skills to avoid these actions from occurring. It is not too late to start training for a better work environment for the future.
Adams Nash Haskell & Sheridan
3861 Olympic Blvd,
Erlanger, KY 41018