When you are thinking about going back to work after kids, there is a lot that you are going to have to consider. It can be hard to remember everything about the experience that is important, especially as you have just been focused on your children for such a long time. Even if that is not exactly your situation, and you are just thinking about taking up a new job or something similar, you are still going to need to think about this stuff. One of the most central things to ensuring that you have a good time at work and that you enjoy it for what it is is that you need to be aware of what your employer owes you. By being strongly aware of this, you will find that it is easier to really get what you want from the job – and you can ensure that you are not going to find yourself in trouble.
The Right Pay
It should be so basic that it doesn’t even need mentioning, but unfortunately we live in a world where it is still perfectly possible to be mispaid, unpaid, lately paid, or unfairly paid. You need to get to grips with what counts as poor pay and what doesn’t, as that is the only way to ensure that you are going to keep your wits about you on this subject. It also helps you to fight your case should you find yourself in a position where you are having to dispute your payment with your employer. In general, you can expect fair pay for the work you do (at the very least, of course, minimum wage). You should also earn the same as anyone else in the same role with the same level of experience. If those are not the case, you can take it up with your employer, your union or by taking legal action.
Safety & Security
You also have the right not to fear being harmed at work, either by other people or by accidents in the workplace. Your employer has to make sure that they are doing everything in their power to keep the workplace as safe as possible. They also need to have rules in place about conduct, so that people can’t purposefully harm you or abuse you. If you feel that these things are not being fully adhered to, and you find yourself being put at risk or even injured, you can always seek advice from the likes of Hupy & Abraham, to see whether you have a legal claim. Your safety should be such a basic right that it is never even in question.
A Friendly Attitude
Of course, we all get stressed from time to time at work, and this is normal. But if your employer does so to the point where they are routinely unkind to you, then you have the right to do something about this. Really they should be making every effort to be friendly towards you, and if you find that this is not happening then you can take it further.