Managing Disputes

You’ve probably heard the term ‘constructive dismissal’ before, but are you clear on what it actually means? Constructive dismissal is the term that applies when a change to an employee’s working conditions or unfair treatment forces them to quit. Sometimes this is confused with unfair dismissal, which...

In our time as HR consultants, we have seen some things and heard some stories we wouldn’t want to repeat here. But one thing we always see go south is conflict at work… Conflict is a natural part of day-to-day life. It’s healthy! But most of us...

They can have a big impact on marginalised groups in your workplace. They’re subtle behaviours that can build into greater conflicts over time. Usually, if you know there’s an issue, but can’t quite put your finger on the cause, it’s probably a microaggression. Microaggressions can be behavioural,...

We spend a large proportion of our lives at work and with our co-workers so fostering good working relationships is important to our health and wellbeing as well as happiness. We’re all human so not seeing eye to eye with all members of staff is...

Picture Credit: Aaron Anderer – No Bullying Allowed! – November 16 What is workplace bullying? Bullying in the workplace is more common than many people realise. It is defined as any form of abusive behaviour where an individual is left to feel intimidated or humiliated in their...

Picture Credit: Waiting Outside Relief Station, Urbana, Ohio, Shahn, Ben, 1938 Although workplace conflicts can often be avoided through correct managerial practices (as mentioned in previous blogs) they are not always preventable, so it is fundamental an employer has the resources and skills to quickly resolve...

Growing Businesses Can Mean Growing HR Tasks While it may have been simple for your business to manage the HR admin tasks when there were only a handful of employees, significant growth can quickly bury your company under heaps of paperwork, bulky spreadsheets and monotonous, time-consuming...

Have you ever had a candidate turn up for an interview who was so nervous that the interview became excruciating? It was impossible to move forward, but you always wonder whether in a regular work situation they’d have been fantastic. The traditional interview has many barriers...

Image credit: Flickr Commons/The Law Society of Upper Canada, Justices of Appeal 1923 Well strictly speaking, two of us from Cluer HR went along and observed at a very realistic ‘mock’ employment tribunal. The event was run by the CIPD, using Barristers Geraint Probert and Suzanne...