W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Absent New Starter

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Absent New Starter

  Dear Darcus, A new starter I have just hired was supposed to start work on Monday morning at 10am. The new employee unfortunately didn’t turn up and when we finally got hold of her later that day she said she forgot she had a new job. I decided to give her a second chance…

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The annoying co-worker everybody in the office hates – but why?

The annoying co-worker everybody in the office hates – but why?

  Tim was the guy in the office that everybody hated. Every working day Tim clocked in at exactly 8:00am and clocked out at 5:00am. In between those hours you were lucky if you ever saw him working. It was because of him that the company no longer did a Secret Santa at Christmas, catered monthly…

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You’ve just been sacked…………why not become a Bank Robber?

You’ve just been sacked…………why not become a Bank Robber?

  So, you’ve just been asked to clear out your desk and are currently being escorted from the premises by one of the company’s security staff. Tears well up in your eyes as you contemplate having to cancel your Netflix subscription. There’ll be no more spending ridiculous amounts of money in app stores and every…

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Manual Handling Risk Assessment checklist – Hod Carrier

Manual Handling Risk Assessment checklist – Hod Carrier

  This general health and safety checklist is not exhaustive – and is provided as a general guide to assess the arrangements required. Issue: Comments: Is the worker new to the task? □  Yes  □  No The worker has been a hod carrier for a number of years although he has only recently been moved…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Finding Money in the Office

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Finding Money in the Office

  Dear Darcus, I have just found a five pound note on the floor next to one of my team members’ desks. I understand the money could belong to the team member that sits there, but it may also have been dropped by someone else. How do I decide who to give the fiver to?…

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You’ve just been sacked………why not become a secret agent?

You’ve just been sacked………why not become a secret agent?

  Being out of work means you’ll now have lots of time on your hands to develop new skills with a view to starting a new career. Whatever you were dismissed from your previous job for doing – be it constant lateness, insubordination, sexual harassment or just plain old laziness – remember that you don’t…

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How to pass your office drug test

How to pass your office drug test

  Workplace drug testing has proliferated in recent years. The companies that tend to force staff to take them usually have a health and safety reason that relates to the goods and services they supply – for example, it’s no good having a gas man that’s high on LSD coming round trying to fix your…

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Letter of enquiry regarding likely cause of absence – Tree Surgeon

Letter of enquiry regarding likely cause of absence – Tree Surgeon

  Doctor’s name: Dr. Bryan Kaplinsky                     Date 02/02/2017 Address: Bellfield Hill Surgery, Bellfield Hill, Blackmore, Somerset PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER IF THERE IS LIKELY TO BE ANY DELAY IN REPLYING Re: Length of absence Name: Thomas Simpleton To administer Statutory Sick Pay, and the Company’s sick pay scheme, and to plan the…

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W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Compassionate Leave

W1nners’ Club Problem Page – Compassionate Leave

  Dear Darcus, One of my team has just sent me an email asking for compassionate leave because their pet hamster died this morning. Apparently the hamster got electrocuted when it broke free from its cage before attempting to nibble the wire on the satellite TV box in the team member’s front room. The hamster…

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How to handle a hostage situation if a disgruntled ex-employee hijacks your office

How to handle a hostage situation if a disgruntled ex-employee hijacks your office

  Letting a staff member go is never a happy moment in any manager’s career (depending on who it is being let go of course). Whether it’s a result of redundancies or dismissal – taking away a person’s ability to feed and shelter themselves and their family is not a decision that can ever be…

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