Workplace challenges are often encountered by employees which can be either positive or negative and can be demanding and in some cases, may cause boredom. If an employee lacks interest in his work, it usually means there is no positive challenges facing them and if one is using all their talent that leadership requires, then most certainly their job will lack boredom and be essentially, challenging. MAJOR CHALLENGES FOR THE EDUCATIONAL WORKPLACE There are a number of challenges facing employees in educational workplaces; affecting teaching and non-teaching staff.
These challenges are common in all Educational workplaces. Large educational workplaces have unique challenges, which require different solutions as compared to small institutions and among these challenges encountered at educational workplaces are: HIV/AIDS Racism Sexual Harassment Bullying and Intimidation Training and Development Needs Performance of Appraisal Needs Cultural Differences Equipment and Materials for Research Funding Team Work Stress Teaching Schedules Reward and Recognition Trade Unions
Political Intentions Riots and Strikes HIV/AIDS HIV/AIDS affects teaching staff, non-teaching staff, students and the community at large and each workplace is a setting where there are many individuals with different moral standards and motives; therefore proper education about HIV/AIDS should always be distributed. Failure in distribution will adversely affect institutions so all workplaces should be readily capable of providing safety measures such as consistently providing condoms in restrooms.
When a teaching employee is affected by HIV/AIDS, absenteeism creeps in and other teaching schedules are subsequently affected and not only does this affect teaching employees but it also affects other staff members, as well and the teaching scheduled must be altered. C. Racism Educational workplaces include many people from diverse races. Academic staff, students and non-academic staff may sometimes portray racism. A person’s or group’s bias attitude toward others due to their skin color and ethnic origin defines racism.
Racism may also be defined as racial offenses, expressions or acts depicted by those who treat individuals differently because of the color of their skin or because of their ethnic background and for individuals who come from diverse cultures, racism may take the following forms: Verbal or written derogatory name-calling, jokes, remarks, gossip, insults and other offensive languages against one’s race. One may cause others to commit racist acts.
For example, a teaching staff inciting students because of their race. Continual unfair allocation of duties and responsibilities to a person of particular race. Withholding information or excluding one from meetings, social places such as swimming pools, play fields and libraries and any other public area. Watching racist movies, offering racial slurs and making offensive remarks. d. Educational workplaces should display a proper code of ethics, regarding racism.
If not properly handled, racism may lead to the resignation of teaching staff and students discontinuing their learning process. D. Intimidation and Bullying Bullying and intimidation are offensive acts that humiliate and frighten individuals. In the educational workplace, bullying is common for staff members as well as students; Bullying may take place between students or between a student and someone in the workplace. Bullying and intimidation include the following; Threats, shouts, outbursts or open aggression
Invasion of personal property and space Unreasonable setting of objectives and deadlines or abrupt change of objective Use of derogatory language, remarks, insults, jokes, gossip and slander. Taking credit for someone else’s work and avoiding blame. Excluding individual from information, unjustifiably Twisting someone’s statements Threatening to report or take action, unjustifiably Monitoring an individual’s work, unjustifiably Pestering, spying or following an individual Attempting to cause others to commit bullying or intimidating acts