When many of us think about companies that have made big HR mistakes, we’re quick to jump to the assumption that it’s all the fault of greedy bosses who are more interested in lining their own pockets than doing the right thing by their loyal employees.
Mistakes with administrative processes that result in employees receiving their wages far later than expected? Obviously a ploy so the business can keep hold of their cash for as long as possible.
Employees forced to give up their holiday entitlement because of a last-minute crisis? Probably a crafty trick concocted to make sure that staff are worked to the bone.
Disgruntled staff who are vocal about their negative experiences at work? Well, there’s no smoke without fire.
We’ve all seen the stories in the press, often sensationalised for the purpose of selling more newspapers and we’ve made our own judgements about the moral standing of those in charge. Sometimes though, it isn’t black and white.
Let’s not get it twisted… Legislation exists for a reason and for the greater good. As an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure that you’re compliant, that you’re implementing best practices and that you’re doing everything you can to create an environment that’s fair and nurturing for your workers.
But, you’re only human and mistakes can happen. Even the most dedicated and ethical employers can find themselves facing extremely difficult circumstances.
When your business is growing fast and you have a million and one things to balance, you can take your eye off the ball. You can overlook important details and you can find yourself facing circumstances that you never imagined and could put your entire business in jeopardy.
At this stage, what really matters is what you do next and how you decide to put things right.
If you’re worried that there could be an HR nightmare on the horizon, then we want to help. We can assess your current circumstances and help you to create an action plan that gets things back on the right track as quickly as possible, and with the least amount of fuss.
We’re not here to judge you – we’re just passionate about getting things right and we understand the challenges that you’re facing. Give us a call and we can have an open and honest conversation about how we may be able to work together.