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The unfortunate reality of the modern workplace is that many people, at some point or another, have experienced poor conditions or poor management. This can be a very difficult process to go through, and although the work is technically voluntary and the position may be more desirable than many other roles you could have, such an experience can fracture your professional self-esteem, and in some cases, may even put you in harm’s way.

At these times, it’s important to speak out and be certain that the protections afforded to you as an employee are exercised. This can be a tough ask, but doing so can potentially help improve the situation or at least give you the means to express yourself as you move forward.

Defending yourself in a job that makes you feel alone can be tough, and often tiring, but this is often how industries change for the better. In this post, we’ll discuss how defending yourself in a job that makes you feel alone can help you find the control you need, and how to go about resolving the situation, even in that culminates in you finding work elsewhere:

Collect Evidence Of Mistreatment

It can be hard to prove your case if you have no evidence of it, even though you do absolutely deserve to voice your concerns. It can be good to save emails, write down the times where you’ve been spoken down to outside of the professional contract, and to track how differently you may have been managed compared to others – such as encouraged to do ‘optionally voluntary’ overtime that you know would have had an impact on your standing in the position. This can help you better ascertain where rude managers have overstepped into mistreatment, and when.

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Always Consider Your Legal Rights & Contract

It’s important to pore through your contract and make sure you know what your rights are. If you’ve been promised a thirty-minute break for lunch every day, then constant instructions to come back to the desk after fifteen minutes are not acceptable. This is a small example of a wider issues, as breaches of the contract shows you have a leg to stand on, and this can provide you better grounding for the next step here:

Litigate Where Your Rights Have Been Upended

Your rights being infringed upon is no joke, and shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand. In some cases, it may be discussing your situation with an attorney can help you identify where mistreatment has taken place, the material impact it’s had on your time there, and of course, what to do next. In some cases, specialists familiar with your job type can provide a great deal of assistance, such as an oilfield attorney serving as a very capable advocate if negligence or safety risks are something you’ve been exposed to without merit.

With this advice, we hope you can more easily defend yourself in a job that makes you feel alone. Your efforts may improve the situation for someone who arrives after you, and in some cases, may even seek justice against those who propagated this experience. It’s hte least you deserve.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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