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Reddit fail: 7 employer relation mistakes that damage employer brand

Reddit has been thrown into chaos after workers branded the management “clowns” over the sacking of a popular member of staff.

The history of employee-manager relations is littered with disasters where dismissals and their fallout are poorly managed.

Often there are valid reasons for a company to part services with an employee, but the key is to handle the aftermath in a dignified manner.

Here are SIX more examples from recent years where heavy-handed tactics have led to a backlash from workers, causing irreparable damage to the business and its customers.

  • London’s Tube drivers walked out in March after a driver was sacked for failing two alcohol breath tests. Management’s zero-tolerance policy was called into question when the driver turned out to be a diabetic who was at less than 10% of the drink-drive limit.
  • More than 700 staff at Salford University walked out last year after “draconian” bosses sacked two senior workers just days before Christmas. The staff were given their marching orders after questioning a proposed restructure.
  • Retail chain Dunnes let a group of workers go just six days after industrial action to protest over low pay and volatile, short-term contracts.
  • Around 80 posties in Bridgwater, Somerset, went on strike after a young female colleague was sacked for taking sick leave.
  • BBC Wales staff balloted for strike action following the “shock” dismissal of a union official, who was an award-winning producer with the Corporation. Again, she was sent her dismissal letter while on sick leave.
  • Rail workers in Penzance, Cornwall, proposed a 24hr walkout in March, complaining of bullying and intimidation of staff.
  • Retail chain Dunnes let a group of workers go just six days after industrial action to protest over low pay and volatile, short-term contracts.
  • Around 80 posties in Bridgwater, Somerset, went on strike after a young female colleague was sacked for taking sick leave.
  • BBC Wales staff balloted for strike action following the “shock” dismissal of a union official, who was an award-winning producer with the Corporation. Again, she was sent her dismissal letter while on sick leave.
  • Rail workers in Penzance, Cornwall, proposed a 24hr walkout in March, complaining of bullying and intimidation of staff.

 All these examples go to show that when it comes to dealing with people, it's not what you do, it’s the way that you do it.

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