Use our COVID-19 resources to better manage the crisis and feel like you are on the front foot View Resources

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..."

Attachment Size
Health and Safety from hell 1.7 MB

Back to News Listing

Need help quickly?

There's a great deal to manage right now - the Furlough Scheme, returning to work safely. Lean on us for helpful guidance. Book a call (it's free) with one of our HR or health & safety experts.

We will process your data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. You may withdraw this consent at any time by updating your preferences.  We make this easy for you by placing a link to your preferences in the footer of every email we send you.

COVID-19 Resources

How to Apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme Latest Updates for Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) COVID Outbreak Management Policy Fair Redundancy Process Checklist Guide to Creating a COVID Secure Workplace How to manage the holiday season and reduce the risk of losing staff to self-quarantine Cleaning regimes required for a COVID-19 secure workplace Guidance on Face Coverings in Retail and Shops JULY 24TH Summary of Recent Government Updates Kick Start the Economy Government Announcement Updated guidance for outdoor pools indoor gyms, pools and leisure centres Guidance for the Re-opening of businesses and venues from 11 and 13 July Updated Guidance for Working Safely

Five steps to working safely - display the poster to demonstrate you have followed the guidance Changes To Social Distancing At Work from 4th July 2020 Updated Advice: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Step By Step Guide for Employers 7 Traps to Avoid When Making Redundancies During Furlough Redundancy During Furlough Easing of Lockdown for Business but does it apply to you? Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - 10th June 2020 Return to Work Safely FAQs Planning Your Return to Work Top Tips to Prepare your Managers Legionella Risks During the Coronavirus Pandemic Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme A List of Helpful Returning to Work Safely Resources Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to end of October 2020 VAT on PPE is now ZERO Managers Top Ten Health & Safety Tips Return to Work Safely Toolkit Managing Emotions when we go back to Work Communications Matrix Top Tips for Mental Wellness Keeping in Touch With Furloughed Workers Manager's Guide to Furlough Leave and Wellbeing Staff Survey - Winning on Furlough Webinar: Working from Home and Winning Social Distancing in the Construction Industry Is your PPE Legal and does it do what it claims? Extension of First Aid qualifications 8 Helpful Tips To Promote Home Worker Wellbeing Free Staff Survey: Working From Home and Winning Maintain Safe Working Conditions COVID-19 HR and H&S Management Checklist COVID-19 Staff Announcement Building Entrance COVID-19 Sign Coronavirus and Home Working Guide
Park City Call Back

We will respond to your call back within 24 hours during business working hours

Please enter your name
Ask a question and get FREE advice

Juliet Price is the Managing Director here at Park City and has extensive, specialist knowledge in HR, Health & Safety and staff development. Enter your question below and we'll be back in touch soon with an answer!

Please enter your name
Please enter your telephone number
Please enter your question
Discover how your people truly feel

Dig deeper into underlying issues, spot opportunities, take action and track progress. Listen , review and take action with real-time reports. Download information about the WeThrive product toolbox, our recommended employee engagement solution.

Please enter your first name
Please enter your surname
Please enter your company name
Please enter your email address
Please enter your telephone number