It is very important to carry out full reference checks and vet staff before allowing them into your business even if it is for volunteering purposes.It is important to acknowledge that some people have negative intentions and seek only to cause hassle and then to portray themselves as victims.
Employment Tribunals can be avoided by simply following some basic employment techniques such as:
1). Following though with several references checks from former employers of the prospective employee. Under no circumstances should this be avoided, even if the person is being employed to volunteer for a few hours per week.
2). Ensure that you recruit using full professional interviewing techniques and do not cut corners during this process.
3). It is good practice to have a minimum of three interviewers on the interview panel and take good notes throughout the process.
4) Test the prospective employees competence in being able to undertake the tasks that they will be employed to undertake.
5). Communicate using formal correspondence and ensure you keep your relationships on a business footing at all times as trust is something that is earned over a sustained period of time.
6). Ensure you keep a robust filing system so that you are able to retrieve relevant information at will.
7). If you or your business is taken to Employment Tribunal, its also important to take the time to follow tribunal processes or to pay for support as untrustworthy volunteers and individuals take advantage of the fact that busy business and employers do not have the time to read the mammoth correspondences and communications that the business or individual will be subjected to through Employment Tribunal processes.
8). Bare in mind that those with bad intent don’t always tell the truth to you or anyone else.
9). Black or foreign employers must also consider the racist intent of those with the will to try to cause hassle or scam monies out of others. Unfortunately this is true as racism and racist intent are horrendous and everyone should work hard to show all forms of racism the red card.
10). Considerations must be given to the intent of others and yourself if you don’t follow this basic guidance.
11). Remember that innocent business and people can be found guilty by the Employment Tribunal thus it is imperative that due process is followed and time is found for it, even though inconvenient and time consuming.
12). Please remember that those with such negative intent, have the will and the time to do so, unlike busy business.
13). There are those who seek to bully others by porting themselves as a victim. Unfortunately there are many reasons why people seek to cause hurt, pain and hassle to others but the important thing is that you must take simple steps to protect yourself from the harm, distress and financial loss that these people cause.
14). Dont be embarrassed or feel shame due to the inappropriate behaviours of others. Simply follow these simple steps and seek help, guidance and support but don’t let such bullies get you or your business down or bring you or your business down.
15). Good luck out there but it is not luck that is needed but robust recruitment and employment skills!
16). These processess are not good for your work-life balance but being bullied and harassed its good either. Therefore there are times when it is vital to take steps and to move on as most people are honest and decent and seek to do a good job and help others. This is important to remember.
For further advice, you can contact Nicky Jolly at HR2day about how to safely recruit and employ staff. http://www.linkedin.com/in/nickyjolley