Maintaining a non-union environment: Wages, benefits, and employee voice
- On 18 October 2013
- Posted by Chantal Mariotti
Companies can maintain a non-union work environment simply by listening attentively and responding to their employees’ concerns. Unions, after all, are designed to represent workers who feel that they have unfair working conditions and no voice in the workplace issues.
Unfair wages and benefits encourage unionization. Obtaining higher wages and better benefits is one of the main goals of unionizing. To help address this, your HR professional should be able to negotiate a fair and competitive wage based on each employee’s individual role and experience within the company.
A lack of employee voice also encourages unionization.Employers need to acknowledge their employees’ requests and concerns and provide appropriate feedback and comments. The employer does not always need to grant the employees’ request, but they should clearly explain the reason for whatever decision they make. This allows both parties to come to an agreement and ensures that the employee had their voice heard.
How to avoid becoming unionized? Maintain a productive and friendly environment by communicating with your employees. Make sure your employees know they don’t need a union to be heard. Treating employees fairly, offering competitive wages, and practicing positive employee relations strategies can help prevent unionization and create an overall positive atmosphere at work.
Executive HR Consulting Group can provide your company with customized solutions on how to maintain a positive and productive non-union work environment. Please call (818) 845-5584 to set up an initial consultation.