Learn how to manage performance issues in this free webinar

Updated: Jan 25

Issues concerning an employee's work broadly fall into two camps: employees who 'can't cook' and those who 'won't cook'. Find out how to differentiate between the two and follow the correct process to ensure your staff are treated fairly and avert any potential claims.

Many employers look to tackle performance issues head-on at the start of a new year to get their workforce into better shape. But following the correct process down to a tee can be a real drain on managers' time and focus, especially when often grievances crop up out of the blue. And sometimes, despite an employer's best efforts, dismissing an employee is the only option, though this in itself can be a risky path as you will need to show that you have followed a fair procedure.

There's also the question of when to begin addressing performance issues, which is particularly important during a new starter's probationary period. On the one hand, you need to ensure you've provided them with adequate training and support to perform their role or else the spotlight will fall on you if things don't work out. But, on the other hand, if they're part-way through their probationary period and still struggling to get to grips with the role, extending the probation and starting the performance management process early on could be a better option.

On top of all this, as teams are now more dispersed and less visible, the way organisations think about performance has changed. Do you need to adjust your performance management practices to fit the hybrid work world better?

If you'd like to learn how to manage performance issues more confidently, you can join WorkNest's upcoming webinar for free as a Beacon member. The webinar will also explain your legal options if the employee's performance doesn't improve and the correct way to deal with grievances raised during the process.

In this 45-minute session, WorkNest's Principal Employment Law Adviser and Solicitor Emma Chandler will also cover:

  • Why you should regularly review employee performance, especially during probationary periods

  • The importance of addressing performance concerns early on

  • Conducting a fair performance management procedure

  • How to deal with grievances raised during the process

  • When you can safely dismiss an employee due to underperformance

  • How to mitigate the risk of claims

  • Tips for performance managing remote workers

The webinar starts at 2 pm on Thursday the 27th of January, so book your place now. You'll need to hurry, as all slots for the webinar the day before have already been taken. Register for free by clicking the button below.

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