Performance

Is the trial period valid if the agreement is missing?

Have you managed to employ a slacker? Are they still in their trial period?   Yes?   But, have you misplaced the signed employment agreement?   Oh no.   Now what?   Recently I had this question:   A month ago, we employed a new guy, a young trainee. The first week he was sick on the Friday and the following week he missed a day. Last week Wednesday he left in the middle of the day and didn't come back, he just disappeared. He wasn't at work on Thursday or Friday, because he had some kind of domestic issue with his girlfriend.(Sigh)   Yesterday (Monday) one of your employees saw him shopping, and he said he had just moved to a new house. And then today he is not in, and said he'd be in tomorrow. (Sigh!!)   We have him under a trial period, but I can’t find a copy of the signed agreement. I know he signed it, but I can’t find it.   Can...

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Negative team member who must go?

Do you have a person who's failing to meet expectations, putting you in awkward situations with clients and spreading negativity?   You’ve raised points with her in the past, but nothing seems to be changing. In fact, it’s just getting worse. She’s insinuated she’s prepared to leave by verbally suggesting a ‘parting of ways’. But she won’t hand her notice in?!   You want her to leave the business she’s too troublesome to keep on.   Now what?   All you want to do is say: Sorry, your services are no longer needed. Collect your stuff, you will be paid your notice period. Then escort her out.   Is that the sort of thing you were thinking of doing?   My advice: Be careful.   Best thing to do it to take control of the situation.   She’s suggested the parting of the ways and then failed to give notice because she’s hoping for a pay-out. So, pay her off and...

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