Awkward consultation situation

The consultation period can cause problems for business owners.
 
Once you have that first ‘your job is at risk’ meeting with your employee, you might get stuck in awkward limbo for the following few days during consultation. By that time your employee knows their job may well go and they will be angry or upset.
 

How do you handle this so there’s less discomfort all round?
 
You wanna see if you can give your employee some time away from work. But be careful, because you don’t want them to think you’ve sent them home because you already decided the outcome of the consultation.
 
Do this:
 
At meeting, tell the employee: go home and think about this (not to be confused with forcing them to stay home!!!). Tell them they can choose to stay home to reflect until it’s time for the feedback meeting (in 48 hours). Make it paid ‘special leave’. If work needs to be covered then treat it the way you would any holiday cover but don’t reallocate work officially until it’s all done and dusted.
 
By doing this, you can also prove that they’ve had enough time to think about the proposal before the feedback.
 
Best get on with it. No one, especially you, can move on until its done.
 
Call Melony for a quick question, or set up a meeting to discuss your situation in depth.

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