By Anonymous • August 21, 2020•Careers, Other Career Issues, Issues, Mentoring and Networking, Sexism, Sexual Harassment, and Other Forms of Discrimination
Are you a type of employee who goes to work confidently, demands a raise when deserved, and often takes advantage of vacation-offs anytime you want- congratulations on having a steel nerve and confidence!
However, in reality, not everyone stands up for themselves at work, and most of the time, it's the other way around. It often feels scary, and all of the things mentioned above, for a regular worker, seems impossible to do.
If these things sound familiar to you and you've been dealing with all of these issues for the longest time since you got employed - you are definitely not alone!
More often than not, work can be intimidating and draining, whether you are employed under a small company in your area or a renowned company. Most of the companies set the same rules, and most employees have the mindset that since they are "only working" under the company, then they can't voice out what they feel or think. Well, that's a very wrong mindset because, as employees, you have both human and employee legal rights.
It should be a lot easier when you know that you are doing the right thing. In reality, not everyone is brave enough to speak out since there's always a connotation that "employees can easily be replaced, and it's hard to find a job. However, It is crucial that we discuss it now since not standing up for yourself and being vocal on how you feel at work can lead to less productivity, demotivation, and, worse, making you jobless unreasonably.
If you are feeling frustrated now, keep reading since we will discuss when and how to stand up to your superior at work.
Overtime and Overwork
As an employee, you can relate to those "Crunch times," especially if you got some tight deadlines - you know very well that this often leads to an overtime requirement. Of course, as a worker, you should gladly do most of the things your job description asks and work on overtime if needed. However, if this happens all the time, it will lead to overfatigue and exhaustion. Clearly, it should not be taken against you if you say no at times. If you are working beyond your schedule and being asked to work on some things that your job description doesn't cover- then it's time to step up and voice out, even if it's scary. Remember, your health is far more important than your salary or career. Also, you have a life outside of work. You have families and friends that need your time, too - you cannot have your entire world revolve around your work.
There should not be anything wrong if you ask a little help from your boss or colleagues at work if you are overwhelmed with the task. It's better to ping your boss if you need more time to complete the work and make sure to lay out the factors why you can't complete it on the given deadline. In fact, that's the most responsible thing to do!
How to Stand Up For Yourself - Talk to your superior or HR department, if you are not comfortable in personally speaking with them or if you feel intimidated, you can write an email about it. Think about this, if they don't respect your sentiment about your time and health, then you'll end up losing your valuable time and that work in the future too due to motivation or worst health issues.
When You Don't Feel Safe At Work
You, as a worker should have the right to have a safe working environment. Your employer has the responsibility for your safety at work. If you don't feel that your workplace is safe for you anymore, call your boss's attention and step up immediately.
How to Stand Up For Yourself - As mentioned earlier, it's important that you call your HR or boss attention if you feel that your workplace is not safe for you anymore. In an unfortunate case of accidents or personal injury at work, you are entitled to get the necessary benefits and compensation. To learn more about personal injury, consult a lawyer who specialized in the field.
When You Need A Time Off
If you haven't taken a long week of vacation for a while, you must be asking yourself if you deserve to be working like that all the time. No one should be feeling bad about taking three days to a week's leave. Other than it's part of your employee rights to have time offs- you definitely deserve a trip to your hometown or a vacation abroad. As long as you were able to finish your deliverables, you should be sipping cocktails on the beach without feeling any guilt at all.
How to Stand Up For Yourself - Simply file the vacation leave with enough time notice. Your company or superior should be able to adjust your co-worker's schedule and make necessary covers if needed.
If You Are Not Feeling Well (physically, mentally or emotionally)
Whatever the situation is, never let your boss make you come to work if you know you are not physically, mentally, or emotionally fit. Coming to work sick cannot only risk the people at work to be infected but also slow down your recovery because you are not getting the rest that you need. Make sure to stand up for yourself and stay in bed if necessary.
How to Stand Up For Yourself - Make sure that you notify your superior if you are feeling sick. Secure necessary documentation if needed, just like a doctor's appointment slip or a medical certificate. If your reason is due to emotional or mental health, call your boss and make sure to let them understand the situation. If they don't listen and threaten you with your job, then you can always skip-level and talk to your human resource associate regarding your work condition.
When Your Paycheck Isn't Right and You are Deprived of Your Benefits
A totally obvious situation, but many employees are still afraid to raise this concern with their boss. Don't feel intimidated, especially when it's about your hard-worked salary. Also, as part of an organization, you should have worker benefits. Your employer has a responsibility to you when it comes to your pay and benefits. If you feel something is not right, step up for yourself and take the necessary actions to fix the issue.
How to Stand Up For Yourself - Call the attention of your boss, eventually you should be forwarded to the human resource and accounting team to solve the dispute. Monetary disputes should be resolved in record time since you deserve to be paid fairly!
Whether we like it or not, if not all, one of these situations often arises. Whenever you feel s, burned out, stressed out, overworked, or uncomfortable, make sure to stand up for yourself and feel relieved that you did!