November 2018


This month we would like to share with you the latest news within Cluer HR, as well as keeping you up to date with developments in the world of HR and employment law as they occur.

It’s all part of the service. We hope you find it useful. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

How both youth and experience within a workforce can help each other perform better

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This month, Kirsten Cluer offers advice on how youth and experience can be mutually beneficial in the workplace.

If a workforce has the right balance of youth and experience, levels of productivity and motivation will be maximised. The younger generation, for example, are tech-savvy and can help companies to increase their brand’s digital presence – not to mention their desire to learn. This enthusiasm and eagerness can, in turn, push more experienced employees to excel in their roles as they look to match their younger counterparts. Older and more experienced employees are also critical in developing the skills of younger employees.

Whilst experience is important, it’s not essential for a managerial role – many younger employees are now progressing to senior roles. In fact, having a younger person at the helm can bring a fresh perspective to ideas and enhance creativity in areas where it may not have been explored.

A team made up of both youth and experience in which they complement each other allows the company to flourish, and, ultimately, paves the way to working together as one dedicated and driven unit.

Disability Discrimination? – Mr. Wood v Durham County Council

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Deliberate theft is by no means acceptable, but when a disability is involved, should it be dealt with differently?

This report looks at the court case between Mr Wood and Durham County Council. Allegedly, Mr Wood visited a Boots the Chemist store, before leaving with items that he hadn’t paid for. In a disability discrimination claim, Mr Wood explained that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociative amnesia.

The Council acknowledged that Mr Wood had a mental disorder, and was therefore disabled. However, Mr Wood’s claim failed, since according to the Equality Act (Disability) Regulations 2010, the tendency to steal is an excluded condition.

To see the full case, please click here.

Addressing bullying and harassment in the workplace

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Almost one-third of Britain’s workforce have admitted to experiencing some form of workplace bullying during their careers. Kirsten Cluer, our owner, advises on how you can address bullying and harassment cases in the workplace.

The Equality Act 2010 states that businesses and organisations in the UK are legally required to not discriminate against employees or potential employees based on their race, gender, age, disability and so on. Employers are also responsible for preventing any form of harassment in the workplace.

Employers should create a clear code of conduct, where open communication is encouraged. This conduct should be introduced to employees at induction and reiterated throughout the terms of employment.

It is important to develop procedures to deal with unacceptable behaviour. Managers and leaders should be well equipped to handle complaints and identify such behaviour. It’s also essential that managers, like staff, know the disciplinary and grievance procedures for dealing with bad behaviour and formal complaints to ensure that matters are dealt with correctly.

To read the full article, please click here.

Blog of the month

This month, we’ve taken a look into stress in the workplace, and the ways in which this can be reduced.

Stress is an increasingly common mental health problem that affects individuals both inside and outside of the workplace. It’s therefore essential that individuals take effort to identify their own causes and triggers of stress before finding ways in which they can be managed.

Generally, stress can be described as the body’s response to the demands and extensive pressure put on our lives and bodies. Fake news on social media, being bullied online and exposing our eyes to the glare from screens on a daily basis are proving to have negative effects on our mental and physical health – ultimately causing stress.

In response to this, the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) run a Stress Awareness Day each year to raise awareness of stress and its impacts whilst reducing the stigma surrounding it.

To read the full blog, click here.

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