How to talk to your employer about problems, and make injury claims if you have an accident
It can be scary talking to your employer about problems you may be having at work. Many people feel that it is a sign of weakness when they have to admit that there is a problem and ask for help from their employer. However, this is not the case at all, and your employer may even feel more positively about you, that you felt strong enough to approach the problem head on and make changes to your work situation. Not only this, but if you don’t come forward then the problem will never be solved, meaning that you will have to continue to deal with it every day.
- Write everything down. It can be nerve-wracking coming forward with a problem or complaint, and once you are standing in front of them it is too easy to forget what you wanted to say and lose your nerve. If you have written everything down you will be able to go through these points calmly.
- Ask for an appointment. If you surprise your employer with a problem or complaint then you may find yourself rushed out of the room because they don’t have time to talk to you. Your problem will then most likely be overlooked. Ask for an appointment.
- Speak to your direct manager first. Going over the head of your direct manager will only irritate them and mean that you may have problems with them in the future. Speak to them first, and if nothing is done then you can go higher.
- Act quickly. Putting off talking about problems only builds them up in your mind, and also makes it more likely that they will get worse and thus more difficult to sort out.
Making Trafford claims
You can make Trafford claims against your employer if you have spoken with them about a problem, and this not being dealt with has caused you to have an accident and sustain an injury. Even if you have not spoken with your employer about the issue in the past, it is still their responsibility to make sure that your work environment is safe and that health and safety rules are abided by.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss your accident and the Trafford claims process with the team, who will be able to talk you through what will happen and help you to work out whether or not you want to make a claim after all. If you do then experienced injury lawyers will walk you through the rest of the process, and put together a case which has a good chance of being successful.
Date Published: 30th June 2014
Author: David Brown