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The best way to handle several minor issues

One of your employees is driving you to distraction. Whilst there’s no major problem that would justify you taking formal action, each week there’s a minor performance or misconduct issue. How should you handle it? More...


Client says: “Get them out of here!”

One of your employees is assigned to look after an important client. However, your client wants them removed from their account as they believe “your employee is useless”. Does their complaint give you grounds for dismissal? More...


Tackling a new employee who isn’t fitting in

You recently hired a new employee who impressed you at interview. However, although it’s still early days, he doesn’t seem to be gelling with his colleagues. Should you put this down to teething troubles or step in? More...


Managing poor performance in older workers

You’ve noticed a decline in the performance of one of your older workers who is 67 years old. Forced retirement is no longer an option, so how can you resolve this problem and stay on the right side of the law? More...


On probation, poorly-performing and she’s pregnant!

As long as you play by the rules, it’s quite possible to dismiss a poorly-perfoming probationer. But suppose that individual is also pregnant. Are you obliged to accept the situation simply because she’s expecting? More...


Easier to sack?

A leaked government report says that it should be easier and cheaper to sack poor performers. So will every employer’s wish soon become a reality? More...


Poor performance: give the employee a plan!

Managers often worry about tackling poor performance - this in itself can lead to problems getting out of hand. But a simple, yet robust, employee improvement plan could make both of your lives that much easier - how? More...


Can you get a poor performer out more quickly?

Due to poor performance in the polls, it was soon suggested that Gordon Brown “step down” as Prime Minister. You can’t demand a resignation, but can you put anything in your contracts that might help you end things more quickly? More...


Not up to the job?

Any dismissal decision can be difficult to make, but when it’s because the employee simply isn’t “up to it” it’s even harder. So what key points should you consider if you ever find yourself in this unfortunate position? More...


Dealing with below par performance

A subscriber has a manager who just isn’t pulling his weight and it’s now causing resentment amongst his team. He’s a popular employee, but with a big project about to start, how should they best deal with him? More...
Last updated: 29.05.2020

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