Coronavirus Employer Checklist May 2020

Whether or not you have people on a leave of absence at the moment, coronavirus is undoubtedly affecting your business: You will be responding to changing economic conditions and adapting to the new norm in terms of health and safety, you may also have a number of employees on a leave of absence. The Government is getting …

TOO SCARED TO DISCIPLINE?

At a recent networking event a director for a medium sized business told me about a problem employee at work. She said that the employee was causing damage to her business but she felt unable to reprimand the employee because there was no clear-cut evidence. I was quite surprised at my new friend’s comments: whilst …

Avoiding a Danny Baker Type Blunder!

This week Danny Baker was sacked from the BBC for posting a picture on Twitter of the latest royal family arrival depicted as A suited chimpanzee.(https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48212693). In response to fierce criticism about the post Mr Baker was adamant that he saw no racist connotations in what he was posting and had intended only to poke …

Can Ugly Ducklings be Racist?

At the very least they can certainly cause offence…. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/waitrose-easter-duckling-racist-ugly-twitter-apology-a8860991.html #Waitrose recently became the subject of much criticism about a decision to sell a three pack of ducks with the names Fluffy (white duck), Crispy (brown duck) and Ugly (black duck). This bizarre marketing choice resulted in a number of people complaining about racism, whilst …

A BULLET POINT GUIDE TO….. RECRUITMENT BEST PRACTICE

The latest ONS Labour Market Overview at the start of 2019 showed that the number of people in. employment rose yet again to another all time high of 76.1%.  Which probably provides some explanation for the findings of the latest Labour Market Outlook survey from CIPD that 71% of employers are finding some vacancies hard …