Dealing with the aftermath of a grievance

Dealing with the aftermath of a grievance

Grievances are always difficult and can be enormously stressful for all involved. They can also have a disproportionately negative impact on small businesses and small teams where relationships might be close and the working environment enables no “escape” from...
Is it a grievance?

Is it a grievance?

Normally the grievance procedure would be instigated by an employee writing a letter stating that they are raising a formal grievance and setting out details of their concerns. But sometimes it’s not clear whether something is a grievance or not, and you may be unsure...
Managing the aftermath of a disciplinary

Managing the aftermath of a disciplinary

Going through a disciplinary process is always stressful and difficult, for everyone involved including managers, the employee being disciplined, any witnesses to an incident of misconduct and (especially in SMEs) the whole team can often feel the effects. Once you’ve...
Tips for a successful disciplinary hearing

Tips for a successful disciplinary hearing

Disciplinary hearings are stressful and challenging for all involved, and in a smaller business even more so. Relationships in small businesses are often closer and more personal than in larger organisations, which is great when everything is going well, but can make...
All about gross misconduct

All about gross misconduct

Most business owners and managers have some understanding of disciplinary procedures and principles and understand gross misconduct offences to be those which are serious enough to warrant dismissal without needing previous warnings to be active. But there are some...
Welcome to Jane Fryatt

Welcome to Jane Fryatt

We’re very proud to announce the launch of our newest consultant Jane Fryatt today. Jane will be working with SMEs in the Oxfordshire area looking for practical, realistic and tailored HR advice to help them get the best out of their people and meet their employment...
Putting together an effective induction programme

Putting together an effective induction programme

A good induction programme is vital to ensure a new employee settles into their role, becomes part of the team and has all the information they need to perform effectively. It should not be a brief one-off event. Instead it should be an ongoing process, structured to...