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How do professional settings handle immature and disrespectful people?


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Ricardo’s Answer

Companies have code of conduct, and proper channel to address improper behavior. Wrong behavior may be subject of conversation with a coworker. If things are not solved then it may go to your supervisor, manager. You may receive advice, warning or be terminated depending on the offense or transgression.

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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Destinity: As a lawyer I have come across a number of rude and disrespectful people. First, don't lose your own cool - that never helps. Losing your own cool makes you a target of criticism. Second, be respectful. Treat the people kindly and professionally even when they are rude and disrespectful. Third, ask a friend or co-worker to join you to act as a witness in the event the encounter goes south fast. Forth, as politely as you can, usher them out of your office or your space to avoid unpleasant encounters. These things are never pleasant but a fact of life. They happen. Best advice, avoid people who your gut tells you can be rude and disrespectfull at the outset but if you have to engage with them have a witness or a recording of the events. Hope that helps - good luck!

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Derek’s Answer

If you are in a small business "Professional" environment, you can expect a different approach than if you were in a corporate environment. Unfortunately, it is easier to hire someone in a company than it is to reprimand or even fire them. If you have an HR department, address it with them. In a corporate environment, you don't have any control over how someone acts, and there are laws that should hinder those actions. But, when those rules are broken, the HR department should be contacted.

When working in a small business and you may not have an HR department or don't think it will get solved in a professional manner, get out of that business. Find an opportunity somewhere they will value your work ethic and character. Unfortunately, there are some cases where it wont get better if addressed by the right people. In this case, I would just seek employment elsewhere.

Best of luck!

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Nick’s Answer

If you feel you have been subjected to any kind of misconduct or harassment, you should report it to your manager. Your company is obligated by law (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to investigate and resolve harassing behaviors in the workplace. Do not dismiss harassment as immaturity.
In either case, it is common that the problem will be documented and the offending person will be given a written agreement to change their behavior in a specific amount of time or face termination or other disciplinary action.

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Sharon’s Answer

Companies usually have a code of conduct that they require employees to follow which give clear expectations of how employees should behave and the proper way to report behaviors that do not comply. Employees are expected to follow the code as well as having the responsibility to report inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. The code of conduct usually has ways for employees to report issues to their direct manager or to HR if they have a concern of retribution. Depending on the severity of the issue the employee who has acted inappropriately will be spoken to, or may have a performance plan added to their employment file, or if the action is extreme they may be terminated. It is each employee’s responsibility to report issues to protect themselves and other employees, the company and the culture.

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Laura’s Answer

Hi Destiny!

I believe conflict resolutions in professional settings have to be done carefully. If a colleague was disrespectful to you, it’s best to talk it out and let them know how you feel. If both of you have not reached a common ground after this, best to raise it to your manager. He/she would be able to step in and help or engage HR. Companies take misconducts seriously. It may result in warnings or even termination.

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Shelby’s Answer

Hi Destiny! Unprofessional behavior in a professional environment is, unfortunately, sometimes a common occurrence. For smaller grievances, like someone eating your lunch or taking your pens, I would recommend talking it out with the person. Sometimes, an honest talk is enough to make a change. Some truly immature coworkers may not listen. At that point, I would suggest going to either your HR department or boss. Hope this helps!

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Chantal’s Answer

My advice would be to approach the situation in a mature way . Try to calm things down when stress levels go up. Sometimes it is better to end up the meeting and re-schedule to a later date when people are calmer. If this is persistent, talk to your manager or HR contact.

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