Business is about taking calculated risks. Yes, there are always legal threats when you dismiss someone, but consider the consequences of delaying or doing nothing.
Manchester, UK (PRWEB UK) 12 March 2013
Managers should take steps to secure the futures of their businesses by dismissing employees who have bad attitudes, are surplus to requirements, or are underperforming.
In a new article on business website, Find the Edge, Robert McCreath gives business leaders the advice they need to dismiss problem employees and avoid legal headaches.
He said: "Business is about taking calculated risks. Yes, there are always legal threats when you dismiss someone, but consider the consequences of delaying or doing nothing. If there is a nettle causing harm to your business, it needs grasping."
"Reducing the legal risks usually takes time. If you wait until the situation is desperate before doing anything about it, you are bound to make costly mistakes."
He methodically details the process employers should take to resolve personnel problems while acting fairly and appropriately at all times.
McCreath highlights the need for employers to take a balanced view of every situation, consider alternative solutions, and be open and transparent with affected individuals.
If it is a performance issue, he suggests they should be given a fixed period of time to improve their results, and warned of the consequences of failing to do so.
McCreath also writes of the dangers of letting past incidents cloud judgement, and how a single inconsistent email can have major repercussions later down the line.
He said: "Before making any decisions, pause and question whether there is any conscious or sub-conscious bias creeping in.
"Has the person raised some issue of malpractice in the past that is affecting your decisions?
"Ask yourself if the decision is genuinely based on solid, demonstrable grounds, and completely untainted by any of these issues? If not, think very carefully before proceeding."
Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge said, "It's a difficult period for all businesses, and Robert gives a detailed account of how to dismiss problem individuals safely.
"Of course, it's preferable to resolve an employee issue positively, but in some cases this is not possible. Following these guidelines will help employers avoid employment tribunals by acting fairly."
Robert McCreath is a partner at specialist employment law firm Archon Solicitors, and a specialist at advising and resolving employment disputes. More about him can be read at: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/robert-mccreath.
Find the Edge is a new business website that aims to give business leaders a place to find an advantage over their rivals. The full article can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/your-people/human-resources/how-to-dismiss-within-uk-employment-law-top-10-tips.