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Can you prevent business disputes from happening?

Operating your own business in Ohio is an accomplishment to be reckoned with, and one that requires dedication, perseverance and hard work. However, sometimes disputes can occur between employees or levels of management. Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to reduce the chances of debilitating contention from harming your organization's success. 

As you work to create an environment that is conducive to production, employee satisfaction and overall success, the Huffington Post suggests some things you can do along the way to prevent disputes. These include the following: 

  • Be proactive: One of the most effective practices to reduce contention in the workplace is to be proactive about solving problems, addressing concerns and implementing best practices. As soon as you suspect a problem, find its root cause and determine what action steps can be taken to prevent serious issues down the road. 
  • Communicate often: Your employees should be in regular contact with their supervisor. Any time a new protocol is being implemented, a policy change is being made, a concern is being addressed or a disagreement is being solved, communication should be consistent, regular and clearly articulated. 
  • Set clear expectations: When your employees are completely aware of what you expect of them in regards to behaviors, methods and outcomes, you should not have to worry about disputes. When personal discretion has to be taken because instructions are unclear, it can quickly lead to disagreements. 

If you do ever encounter a dispute in your business functions, it is imperative that you recognize the value of mediation. Utilizing the expertise and objectivity of a third-party can help you reach a solution faster and with an outcome that is beneficial for everyone. The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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