The “Band of Reasonable Responses”

No, not a new pop-group but instead an important criterion when deciding whether to dismiss an employee. Recently, in dismissing a security guard for smoking, the action of an employer (Shield Security Services) fell outside a range of responses that a “reasonable” employer might take. It cost them dear. The security guard was found smoking […]

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Staff turnover is a risk for 2014

A survey from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) reveals that one fifth of employees plan to quit their job this year. Replacing employees is an expensive and risky business. And with unemployment rates continuing to fall the future belongs to the best employers. What to do… Here are some thoughts on retaining employees, […]

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Keep the law away from grief

For those of us who are self-employed or run businesses, time off for grief carries a cost. It may be loss of earnings or simply opportunity cost. But either way the emotional loss of a loved one also carries financial loss for self-employed people and business leaders. In many cases employees too suffer financial loss […]

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