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Is bullying common in your place of work?

Is bullying common in your place of work? ›

25th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

Bullying is normally an action that you associate with children and schools.  Interestingly, a report from law firm Slater and Gordon has shown that almost 6 people in 10 have witnessed or suffered bullying at work. Astonishingly, more than a third of respondents admitted that they had been bullied themselves.  The survey of 2,000 British…

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Which sanction should I impose following a disciplinary meeting?

Which sanction should I impose following a disciplinary meeting? ›

20th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

To discipline an employee is often a choice that employers struggle to make – what level of sanction is given can drive managers to despair. The sanction that is given should be fair and reasonable for the level of misconduct that has occurred. When there has been some form of misconduct in the workplace and…

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My employee is under-performing – what should I do?

My employee is under-performing – what should I do? ›

14th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

It’s expected from managers that their employees will attend the workplace and provide a good quality of work and fortunately, this often occurs.  It’s when an employee fails to meet the standards required that employers may have to intervene. So, how should this be dealt with? Different managers have different approaches to under-performing staff but…

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Illegal working in the UK: Have you got an excuse?

Illegal working in the UK: Have you got an excuse? ›

6th August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

We’ve seen recent events on the news of the migrant crisis in Calais, with desperate attempts are being made by migrants who are trying to reach the UK. Should the migrants be successful in their attempts to cross the border, their next challenge could be to find work.  So how do you check your employees’…

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“Will I be entitled to take some bereavement leave?”

“Will I be entitled to take some bereavement leave?” ›

1st August 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

It’s terrible to think that at some point in our lives we may experience the death of a loved one. This can be a particularly tough time for employees and it can also be as difficult a time for the employer, so how would you deal with it? This information will hopefully assist you and…

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How to ensure formal discipline runs smoothly

How to ensure formal discipline runs smoothly ›

24th July 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

When dealing with a disciplinary matter it’s crucial that you keep up to date with all legislation changes and best practice so that the steps you take won’t result in you ending up with a Tribunal claim. The below points are top tips to avoid the most common failings during the disciplinary process. Make the…

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Do I really need to follow the procedures?

Do I really need to follow the procedures? ›

18th July 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

This is a question that I get asked on quite a number of occasions and I can understand why people ask me.  For any size business to follow a fair and reasonable procedure may take a little time to complete and this can often be seen as a burden.  Whereas some employers who are prepared…

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Flexible working requests: How attitudes can change in 12 months?

Flexible working requests: How attitudes can change in 12 months? ›

10th July 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

It’s just over a year since the right for all employees to request to work flexibility came into force.  I recall a number of managers from small and medium-sized businesses worrying what this change in legislation meant for them, fearing the fact that all their employers with 26 weeks service were able to request to…

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How would you deal with an employee that has personal hygiene problems?

How would you deal with an employee that has personal hygiene problems? ›

4th July 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

With temperature’s reaching 30o this week, the warm weather will be welcomed by some but not by others. I recall a situation years ago that occurred with an employee and their lack of personal hygiene. Unfortunately, this manager had particularly bad body odour.  None of the managers would deal with the problem which I then…

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How often do you say thank you to individual members of staff for their hard work?

How often do you say thank you to individual members of staff for their hard work? ›

19th June 2015 | Categories: Human Resources

A statement that I’ve heard regularly throughout my working career, is ‘my manager never says thank you for what I do at work’. I’ve probably even felt this in my early working days. Whilst I don’t expect managers to be continuous with their appreciation to their teams, you would be surprised how important the 2…

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