Workplaces, what’s going on. Dismissals for anything and everything are occurring
With the end of lockdowns, coming / upon us, its created a unique workplace environment, both employees and employers are feeling their way. I’ve written about this before, workplace flexibility is important, working from home, not working from home, workplaces have changed. Us as human being have changed, this is the living with COVID era. We received in excess of 10,000 enquires, by phone and emails each month. What employees google and enquire about is certainly changing. Its good for you to know what’s going out there, I can genuinely state we are at the coal face of what’s going on.
- An exponential rise in dismissals and workplace disciplinary meetings especially in the healthcare and banking industry. Given the serious of the current health crisis, employers are not tolerating poor performing employees like they used to.
2. Hesitancy and skepticism of the current COVID vaccine safety and efficacy is directly correlated as the reason for the increased dismissal rate and increased workplace disputes.
3. With the implementation of the COVID vaccine mandate making it way throughout the country, workplaces have been actioning mass redundancies and terminations of unvaccinated employees further straining workplace relations.
4. Increase in workplace tensions due to the vaccine mandate have resulted in further workplace conflict and violence not only with management but amongst colleagues translating to a decline in workplace confidence as employees who are not vaccinated feel targeted and isolated.
5. This has also translated to a dive in workplace mental health with far more employees taking sick leave and stress leave. Many of the employees have gambled their sick leave and personal leave on the hope that by December 2021 there will be new rules for the vaccine requirements in the workplace.
6. Current trends indicate that there will not be any reprieve for employees who are not vaccinated as employers would prefer to terminate non-compliant staff instead of keeping staff employed. This is because staff who are sick or not in the workplace impact upon the productivity capacity of the business as less staff can mean less production whilst impacting cashflow of the organisation.
7. Employees who are dismissed often find themselves forfeit of any other monies they would have otherwise received. Reasons for dismissal are frequently misconduct or refusal to obey a lawful directive.
8. This may be the result of the increased aggressiveness in HR legal firms approaches to conciliation, workplace dismissals and advice for employer when dismissing. It is critical to seek professional support regardless of the meeting.
9. The average period of service for employees who reject the vaccine mandate and company requirements is between 6-18 years. The average age group of employees rejecting the vaccine is also between 30-50. Some long serving employees just think the company will simply not dismiss them. Loyalty is now a poor second to vaccination mandates and employer health concerns
10. Employees with long periods of service are relatively more hesitant to receive the vaccine compared to newer employees who possibly are more compliant due to their reluctancy to lose their jobs as it is more than likely workplace HR meetings are a frequent occurrence and are a deterrent from further dissent within the workplace.
11. Employers are becoming less hesitant in making it policy and an inherent requirement of the employee’s duties to be vaccinated regardless of their role in the organisation.
12. With little to no procedural fairness offered to employees in workplace meetings, more employees are losing their jobs due to unfair practices by their employer and thus resulting in further Unfair Dismissal claims.
13. Employers have been unlawfully denying employee rights to support and have refused to answer reasonable questions put to them by employees who wish to seek clarity surrounding their dismissal.
14. Employers who rely upon advice from HR firms who offer generic advice have demonstrated no understanding of the workplace process resulting in bullying, intimidation, and interrogation techniques.
15. Employers will prey on un-supported employees and engage in unlawful conduct to force a signage of a deed of release thereby preventing the employee from being able exercise their workplace rights.
16. Whilst employees who have employed professional support persons to the workplace have been more successful in protecting their employment.
17. Everything in workplace processes seems more rushed at the moment, “procedural fairness”, “everybody getting a fair go”, has in allot of instances now been placed on the “back burner”.
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