SMOKING - 13.10.2020
Can you ban staff from smoking at home?
In September 2020 it was reported that Hammersmith and Fulham Council had banned its employees from smoking when working at home because workplaces “must be smoke free” by law. Is this legal?
PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT - 07.10.2020
How to support a bereaved employee
There’s still no general statutory right to bereavement leave for employees. If an employee suffers the loss of a family member, partner or close friend, whether due to coronavirus or another cause, in what practical ways can you support them?
DRESS AND APPEARANCE - 24.09.2020
Q&A - dress standards online
Q. We’ve noticed that one of our employees isn’t dressing appropriately during our online meetings. What’s the best way to tackle this? A. Whilst things may be slightly more relaxed when employees are working from home, an online meeting is still a professional setting. Therefore, employees should be appropriately dressed in suitable work attire. Rather than single certain individuals out, it’s better to issue a general reminder to all staff and ask them to keep in mind dress and appearance standards, particularly if they will be meeting clients online. You could also generally remind staff about the location that they select when joining online meetings, e.g. messy bedrooms and kitchens should be avoided. ...
HOMEWORKING - 24.09.2020
Homeworkers: IT equipment and mobile devices
Many employees who transitioned to homeworking during the lockdown did so using their own IT equipment and mobile devices. If a homeworking arrangement becomes regular, why should you issue these items to the employee?
SOCIAL MEDIA - 11.06.2020
Disgruntled employees and your social media accounts
The Cabinet Office has been left red-faced after an unauthorised tweet was posted to its official Twitter account. It’s believed that this was the work of a disgruntled employee. What should you do to protect your social media accounts?
ALCOHOL ABUSE - 03.06.2020
Alcohol misuse on the rise
The sudden transition to homeworking, shorter hours and furlough arrangements have contributed to a rise in alcohol misuse amongst employees. What should you do if you suspect that an employee is struggling with booze?