Even if it seems like a strike is unlikely, it is important for every company to know how to handle an employee strike. Not only does this keep the organization running as smoothly as possible, but it also helps the company maintain a positive, stable image. Though strikes are commonly associated with specific work-related grievances, they also take place as a way for workers to broadcast overall industry or political dissatisfaction.
1. Hire Strike Security
During a strike, it is common for emotions to run high, especially if only a portion of the employees are striking or if customers are still utilizing your place of business. Keep your employees and customers safe by hiring strike security.
Strike security officers work to ensure that strike-related misconduct does not occur. The strike security force may use video cameras to better monitor the picket line. Officers also help protect your company's property; they work to keep your roadways and parking lots clear so that employees and customers may safely enter and exit the premises. If needed, you can also hire strike security for mobile tasks, such as accompanying drivers who choose to continue working during a strike.
2. Make Sure Employees Know the Company Policy Regarding Payment and Absences Associated with Striking
The policies concerning an employee strike vary dramatically at each organization. Regardless of your organization's rules, communicate these policies with the employees, ideally before the strike begins. For example, some companies may permit employees to use their personal time off at any time, regardless of the reason. Others may deny paid time off if the time off is for striking. Let the employees know how the days they spend striking will be counted for attendance purposes.
3. Have a Plan in Place to Cover the Duties of Employees Who Are Striking
It is essential to have a plan in place to cover absent employees before the strike begins. One option is to permit non-striking employees to take on more duties and work more hours. However, if most of the company is striking or if the strike is anticipated to last for an extended period of time, this may not be a viable plan.
An alternative is to keep a database of qualified individuals who may be interested in working on a temporary basis. Former employees and retirees are two groups where you can find short-term workers.
A third solution is to utilize the services of a temp agency. However, if your company provides or creates a highly specialized service or good, a temp agency may not be able to provide your organization with an ample number of experienced workers.Share
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