News from Europe on covert monitoring

Dismissal for theft is damning; indirectly a dismissed employee may be seen as an untried criminal. Employers have long struggled with this sensitive and fraught issue. They often ask if they can set up covert monitoring to discover who is responsible when pilfering occurs, for example. Where the aim is the protection of an employer’s […]

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News from Europe on covert monitoring

Dismissal for theft is damning; indirectly a dismissed employee may be seen as an untried criminal. Employers have long struggled with this sensitive and fraught issue. They often ask if they can set up covert monitoring to discover who is responsible when pilfering occurs, for example. Where the aim is the protection of an employer’s […]

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When private becomes public

As a student I attended a Liberal Society meeting where the Chief Constable of Durham was speaking. There were barely a dozen of us there, including me and the Chief Constable. During the course of the talk he indicated that, if it were left to him, he would have shot the Great Train robbers. It […]

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When private becomes public

As a student I attended a Liberal Society meeting where the Chief Constable of Durham was speaking. There were barely a dozen of us there, including me and the Chief Constable. During the course of the talk he indicated that, if it were left to him, he would have shot the Great Train robbers. It […]

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Stress and the long term absentee – can you say “goodbye”?

You have an employee on long term sick for stress or depression. As we described in earlier blogs you have already had a discussion about the absence; but the absence is continuing. The first question to ask yourself is whether or not you have tackled any issues for which you may have responsibility, work overload, […]

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Stress: seek first to understand, then to be understood (Stephen Covey)

You have invited an employee who is off with stress, or depression, in for a meeting to discuss the absence. Earlier blogs have described the background, invitation to a meeting and some preparation for the meeting. Now the employee has come in and you are meeting them. Start the meeting by thanking them for coming […]

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Whose stress is it anyway?

It is a real hassle when an employee is off with depression or “stress”. We discussed stress and depression in an earlier blog. Typically it happens when a department is already overstretched, a deadline is looming or the employee has just achieved 12 months service with you. Anyone who has managed a small unit or […]

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Stress is now the number one cause of long term absence – official

Stress is the number one cause of long term absence, report the CIPD in their annual survey. It is a curious observation since stress itself is not a disease and yet it is increasingly appearing as medical diagnosis. Also curious is that work is only one of many potential causes of stress. Debts, family and […]

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Employee Performance Workshop

Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce,  Fenton Street, Lancaster, LA1 1AB Wednesday 9 November 2011 Time: 9:30 – 16:30 Whether it is sales or delivery the largest factor in success is invariably employee performance. Profit and effectiveness is frequently undermined by recruitment costs and poor attendance. These are usually symptoms of low employee engagement – which […]

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