Workers are demanding action from their employers. Here’s how to address their concerns
Employees calling for better wages and working conditions have always been a given in the workplace. But workers are increasingly calling on their companies to take action on other issues that they care about as well.
They may want their employers to speak out against a state law — such as the restrictive abortion law
in Texas. Or they may criticize, protest or leak information about their companies’ business decisions that directly speak to their social and
political concerns, whether it’s a mandate to be vaccinated
against Covid-19, controversy over content
or the perils to democracy
due to amplified disinformation
And even if there isn’t a walkout in the works, some employees
may indicate their view that the company is moving too slowly on key issues, such as diversity, equity and inclusion
Regardless of the topic, the question for front-line and middle managers is how to address what is bothering members of their team before it’s too late. Employees need to feel heard, even if the company doesn’t ultimately yield to their specific requests.