HR Howlers – How not to do it…

It must be said that our experienced HR and Health & Safety consultants have had to deal with some very ‘interesting’ issues in their careers before working at Park City. As such, we thought you might enjoy reading and viewing some of these “Halloween Howlers”.

‘Top 10’ Personnel ‘Issues’…

10. Employee to Disciplinary Investigation Panel:
“It’s clearly not gross misconduct. I didn’t hit him with the end of the shovel that you’re thinking of…”

9. Sales call to prospective client:
“So do you have any personnel issues at your company?”
“Not really, we just tell them to **** off!”

8. Employee to Disciplinary Investigation Panel:
Employer: “So what exactly were you doing in the middle of the office, alone, with your pants down?”
Employee: “Well I was sweaty, so I was having a quick wash”

7. Call for Advice:
Consultant: “So obviously you told him that he had the right to appeal?”
Employer: “Yes, I told him he did but not to bother, because we won’t change our minds.”

6. Call for Advice:
Employer: “To be honest, I never really liked him so I’ve just sacked him. What do I do now?”

5. Call for Advice:
Consultant: “So is there any base to her claim do you think?”
Employer: “Look, all I did was tell her that I wasn’t going to employ her because, in my experience, there was a pretty good chance that at her age she would soon be pregnant.”

4. Minutes from Disciplinary Investigation Hearing:
Employee – We were busy preparing for the staff christmas party and got bored. So we decided to start drinking [the company’s alcohol] and have a naked party.
Boss – And how exactly did that get onto YouTube?

3. Minutes from Disciplinary Investigation Hearing:
Meeting start: 9:02am
Boss – How do you plead?
Worker – Guilty.
Boss – Agreed
Meeting finish: 9:02am

2. Employer discusses meeting an ex-employee in the street after losing tribunal:
Consultant: “So what exactly happened?”
Employer: “Well I saw him outside court, I went to shake his hand and I accidentally caught his head with my elbow”

1. Overheard in a prospective client’s workplace:
Employer: “Oh don’t talk to me about the Equality Act you stupid old woman…”

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