The phenomenon that isBODYGUARDcharting the relationship
between a personal protection officer (PPO) David Budd and Home Secretary Julia
Montague raises some key HR questions about personal relationships within the
In the situation between Budd and
Montague, the main challenge and concern is not just due to Montague’s profile and
important position within the government; but also due to her seniority.
It is vital that Organisations have
a clear code of conduct policy in place covering relationships at work.
A number of Company’s now allow employees to use their own
devices, such as smart-phones, computers and tablets, to carry out their
duties. By your own devices have clear benefits: including a creating a more
effective way of working, increased flexibility and productivity which all
contribute to a happier working environment boosting morale.
However as with everything there are pitfalls. With the
increased growth or employees using their own personal devices to do their work
consideration should be made regarding the level of security on these personal
It is a well known fact that it is good practice to maintain
good audit trails through written records of discussion to log performance both
good and bad in respect of employees. However is it a good idea to allow an
employee to make an audio recording of a formal or informal meeting?
A number of employers believe that when an employee attends
a meeting, such as a grievance or disciplinary hearing, particularly if they
waive their statutory right to be unaccompanied, it is reasonable to allow them
to tape record the meeting if they request to do so.
June a debate was sparked across a multitude of social network portals asking
the question; Does good looks improve your employment prospects?
internet dating website beautifulpeople.com planning to launch a recruitment
agency, it further perpetuates the belief that looks count for a lot both
personally and now professionally. The concept from beautifulpeople.com is to
enable employers to post their vacancies on the website and invite good looking
applicants to submit their CV’s.
It has not been very long since the public fury over the
scandal involving several MP’s and their expenses. Therefore, one would assume
nobody would risk the potential fallout from submitting expenses for personal
items or mileage they have not incurred in the proper performance of their
Sadly it appears that many employees, given the opportunity,
may still see fit to embellish their expenses. Based on our calculations up to a
quarter of expenses are ‘fiddled’ and as such fraudulent.
The Public Interest
Disclosure Act 1998 is often referred to as the Whistle-blowing Act. Employees
who "blow the whistle" on their employer by making a protected
disclosure, such as a exposé concerning an alleged criminal offence or other
wrongdoing, have the legal right not to be dismissed, selected for redundancy
or subjected to any detriment due to the disclosure.
A disclosure made in the
public interest will be protected where the employee makes the allegations base
on a reasonable belief of wrong doing by the employer.
the media hurricane surrounding Paris Brown and her comments on tweeter swiftly
followed by Trainee
accountant Emma Way boasting about knocking a
cyclist off his bike on twitter, more and more employers are asking what can
be done to safeguard their business from risk whilst respecting the employee’s
right to a private life.
is without doubt that social media is an integral part of a business’s success
in today’s economy. Social media tools are being used as part of large scale
sales and marketing campaigns, innovative methods of recruiting new staff as
well as a method to interact easily with customers and employees alike.