The HR Headmistress' blog

A Gentler Route to Approaching a Poor Performance Conversation

30th October 2019

One of the tasks that many managers dread is telling a team member that they’re under-performing. They don’t want to upset the under-performing team member, other team members and don’t want to be seen as the bad guy. They hate...

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Gone Today, Here Tomorrow?

31st July 2019

Perhaps the recent hot weather has caused some hot-headed behaviour. During July several clients have had employees storm out, muttering imprecations as they went, only to creep back a day or two later, slightly pink round the ears and start...

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Are You Allowing Your Top Performers to Compensate for Weaker Ones?

4th July 2018

Some time ago I was asked to investigate the apparent gross misconduct of a senior manager, John. He had gone from being an incredibly high-performing, conscientious individual to a major problem. During the course of the investigation several...

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How to Tackle Incompetence in the Workplace

2nd May 2018

The Employment Rights Act 1996 sets out the various fair reasons for dismissal. One of them is capability, or more precisely, a lack of capability. Poor performance and a lack of capability are referred to variously as ‘poor work...

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When ‘Good Enough’ is not Good Enough!

18th April 2018

Mae West said that an ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. Poor work performance is one of the most common complaints, but one of the areas least well tackled. The question to ask yourself is: "are all my employees meeting all my...

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