What is the main cause of grievances in the workplace? What is the main cause of grievances in the workplace?  

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It depends on the type of work that you do. Often, the more academic a place is, the less problems you have with physically-related grievances and the more problems you have with other, more intellectual, issues such as preferential treatment, non-equal opportunities, lack of payment for extra work, or even the question of selection processes for promotion.

In job places were the work is more physical and less intellectual, the grievances will also be proportional to the type of work that you do precisely because the problems that may arise as a result of a work malpractice will likely come from the nature of the job itself.

However a common grievance happening lately has to do with equal opportunities in the workplace based on gender, ethnicity, race, and/or age. Due to huge demographic changes in many cities, some employers may not be noticing a tendency to employ individuals of a specific background. However, the best way to solve an issue like this may not be through a grievance, but with a good conversation with the employer.


bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I tend to agree with the previous post that personality conflicts cause more problems in the workplace than anything else. As a teacher, I have had more problems with other adult teachers and administrators than with the children I teach. I have experienced gender inequity (with a female principal who hated men); conflicts with highly conservative teachers from rural backgrounds who distrust teachers (like myself) from a larger city; and even with teachers who were unfriendly because of rival college alma maters. As the previous post mentioned, it's tough to work with people who openly display unfriendliness and unprofessional conduct, but few workplaces are exempt from such problems.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Two prevalent causes of workplace grievance relate to co-workers and favoritism or, its reverse, neglect. It happens on a regular basis that co-workers have opposing personalities, work philosophies, and ways of approaching tasks and problems. In such cases, questions arise of how to respond to situations in which you are challenged, confronted, manipulated or irritated. Questions also arise of how, when and whether to broach such situations with the employer. Left unresolved, these can lead to serious grievances. Similarly, grievances can flare when scheduling or assignment distribution favors one and neglects another equally skilled and competent employee.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most typical cause of grievances in the workplace is disciplinary action taken by management against workers.

In a workplace, the managers must sometimes take actions against their workers.  They may do so because the worker has been doing bad work or because the worker has been breaking rules (such as coming to work late).  It is often the case that workers who are disciplined in this way feel that they are being unfairly targeted.  They often feel that the manager has something personal (as opposed to work-related) against them that has led to the discipline.  This feeling often leads to the filing of grievances.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I think the main cause of grievances in the workplace comes from personality conflicts. Everyone responds differently to situations. A manager might come down on an employee to try to push them in a direction of growth. If that employee doesn't respond well to that type of thing, a conflict will arise. It can be more difficult to be professional around someone that you don't particularly like. It can also be difficult to work with someone who has a different idea of what it mean to be professional. I think almost all workplace grievances can be boiled down to a personality conflict.
litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
There are two main issues that cause conflict in the workplace. One is respect. If people feel that they are not being respected, either by coworkers or by management, there will be conflict. This can lead to all kinds of grievances, such as sexual harassment and, as the other poster mentioned, disciplinary action interpreted as unfair. The other main cause of grievances is linked to fairness: pay. People get offended when they are wither paid little or pad less than someone else. Nothing will cause as much discord as issues of salary.
mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Studies have shown that more people are terminated because they have not gotten along with their bosses than any other reason.  Since many in management are there because of reasons other than great competency, there is much pettiness and conflict nowadays.  This is an era of unethical behavior, so problems arise.