Employment Relations

Constructive dismissal? If only it were that simple

In my twenty years or so dealing with employment issues there has been one issue above all others that causes confusion. I’m talking of Constructive dismissal, that unusual employment concept where a resignation can be considered as a dismissal on account of the employer’s conduct. But if only it were that simple… Take the case of… Continue reading Constructive dismissal? If only it were that simple

Employment Relations, Social Media

A thoughtless Tweet could cost you your job

Have you ever regretted sending that last Tweet? Someone I know was offered a really high profile job. Days later however, the content of a rather unfortunate late night Tweet resulted in the offer being withdrawn. Careless? Certainly, but costly consequences like this, whether accidental or from deliberate misuse of social media, are nothing new.… Continue reading A thoughtless Tweet could cost you your job

Employment Relations, Leadership & Management

But how do I know if this is really workplace bullying?

So you were asked to investigate an allegation of workplace bullying. You’ve interviewed the parties concerned and spoken to a reluctant witness. But how do you decide whether or not - on the balance of probability – that the allegation amounts to bullying? Making a decision can be difficult. Bullies are often clever manipulative individuals.… Continue reading But how do I know if this is really workplace bullying?

Employment Relations, Leadership & Management

A well-planned induction process is essential for new starters

Some years ago I arrived for my first day at a new job, only to find out that I was being given the extra responsibility of line management. Now this wasn’t in the job description, and was never mentioned during the selection process. What’s more, it was something I’d never done before, and for which… Continue reading A well-planned induction process is essential for new starters