Citizens Advice Bracknell & District Coronavirus Impact Report 2020-21
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Are you unhappy at work? Do you feel you may be being bullied or harassed? Are you disabled? Do you feel you may be being discriminated against? Or maybe you are absent through sickness, possibly due to stress from your work situation? Some of these issues will be explored in more detail in future postings, such as disability.
Maybe you think the only solution is to resign – but there could be another way to solve the issue, especially if you think you’d like to keep your job if the problem was sorted. If you do feel your only option is to leave your job, see if you can find a new one before you leave as often it is easier to find new work while you are still in employment. It also means that you won’t have to worry about paying the bills or to claim benefits if there is a gap between jobs. In some instances, it is harder to claim benefits if you resign from a job “without good reason” as you may be sanctioned – i.e. not be entitled to benefits for up to 3 months.
In the first instance the usual advice is to make an informal approach to resolve the issue. If you feel you can approach your manager or the HR department, then this is the place to start. Sometimes it’s not possible if, for instance, your manager is the problem. If you feel you are being bullied or “picked on”, and if other people have seen this happen it is a good idea to get them to write it down before you take further action and to keep a diary as evidence of your situation.
If talking doesn’t work, write a letter or email to your line manager, a more senior manager or the HR department. Try and list any instances of what has happened and what you have done to try and resolve the problem. If you’ve anything in writing, include copies (and always keep copies of everything!). or contact your Union rep if you belong to a union.
If this approach doesn’t work, or you feel unable to go down this route, you are entitled to raise a grievance. Every employer should have a grievance procedure, which may be in an employee handbook, on their website or in your original contract. You can ask for a copy.
Click here for Citizen’s Advice guidance on Dealing with Grievances at work. There is an Acas Code of Practice which it is advisable to follow. The Code of Practice sets out standards of fairness and reasonable behaviour that employers and employees are expected to follow in most situations when dealing with a dispute.
Citizens advice may be able to help if you contact them.
Please note: the above information applies to employees and does NOT apply to agency workers, homeworkers or the self-employed.