If you are an employer at a union-free workplace, and you want to ensure that your business stays union-free, there are a number of things you can do that don’t involve spending a lot of money. In reality, there are a number of simple things you can do in the workplace so that your work environment remains union proof and to keep your employees safe and happy.
1. Let them know your feelings about unions from the start
A good way to keep your employees from unionizing is to communicate your feelings about unions and why you feel they are not a good fit for your workplace from the get-go. You may want to give them a written statement about your position on union avoidance on the day they are offered a job or include one in your company’s handbook. Helping people understand why you are not in favor of having unionized employees from the start will help make them sympathetic to your philosophy.
2. Ensure you run a safe and comfortable workplace
One of the main reasons that employees unionize is to protect themselves from hazardous, unpleasant work conditions. Employees won’t need to do this if you run a company that is safe and secure — as well as one that listens to the needs, wants and concerns of employees. If your employees express feelings of concern, do some physical updates in the workplace, properly maintain office spaces and implement new and better security practices. Making sure your employees feel heard by you, especially if something is happening that makes them feel unsafe, will help reduce the chance they will go to a 3rd party. It will also increase the chance that you are running a safe and suitable union-free workplace.
3. Offer fair wages
Another main reason employees turn to unions is so that they are compensated fairly for their work. You should do some research about what the appropriate pay rates are in your field, and then offer a wage that is around what other companies are offering (or higher). While you obviously can’t afford to pay employees money you don’t have, paying them an amount that is comfortable to live on and that is fair compensation for their work will ensure a happy, content and productive work force, and will also help your company stay union-free.
4. Have open door communication policies
Make sure that you have — and tell your employees about — an open door communication policy that allows employees to come to supervisors any time they want to be heard. This means that they should be able to speak to someone higher up in the company with their concerns, worries and complaints on a regular basis. Additionally, supervisors should be communicating regularly to employees, offering them advice, updates and news about what’s going on higher up in the company. Keeping employee communications flowing both ways helps to ensure that both supervisors and employees feel heard and will foster positive employee relations.
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