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For more than 10 years we have provided companies of all sizes and in a variety of sectors with uncomplicated, innovative and affordable human resources advice and on-site support ensuring that your people are an asset to your company and not a liability.


With the National Minimum Wage (NMW) now almost fifteen years old, and with another increase pending on 1st April 2017 HMRC have issued a list of the most elaborate excuses they've been given by employers for not paying the appropriate rates:

The Top Ten Reasons Employees Have Been Dismissed in 2018, So Far ...

Alan Kitto

Have you had to dismiss an employee for falling asleep while at work or dismiss someone for taking to many toilet breaks? 

As an employer, your last resort is to dismiss an employee. It’s always better if you can talk to an employee who is underperforming or has behaved inappropriately and try to work out a reasonable resolution.

Nevertheless, it can sometimes be best for the employer and the employee to decide to part ways for good.

According to the research by Turner Little, who asked 1,446 employees why they were dismissed from their roles in the past six months, they were able to reveal the most common reasons for dismissals in SMEs so far in 2018.

The top ten were found to be:

Performance Issues - 23%

If suitable training has been given and the employee still can’t do their job, then there is only one option.

Heavy Non-Work Related Internet Usage - 21%

If your employee is on social media then they’re not doing their job.

Socialising Too Much During Work Time - 16%

When talking to colleagues, they’re not doing their work and they’re distracting other from theirs.

Turning Up Late - 11%

Consistent lateness can be a problem. Though we can be sympathetic to bad traffic and/or public transport to a point, lateness in SMEs has a big impact on the team.

Taking Too Many Sickies - 9%

A company doesn’t want a presenteeism culture but a balance is important, especially in SMEs. If they’re pulling a sickie and get caught, they should accept the consequences

Questionable Search History - 8%

Private or hidden mode won’t protect them from IT, who will still be able to see the websites they visit.

Job Searching During Work Hours - 6%

If they’re not happy in their role then we shouldn’t hold them back from getting a new role. They just don’t do it during work hours.

Failing Drugs/Alcohol Tests - 3%

Turning up to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs could put lives at risk in many roles and drug testing is increasingly becoming a requirement of a lot of roles.

Too Many Coffee/Toilet Breaks - 2%

Obviously it’s important to drink plenty of water, especially in these temperatures, but there’s a limit to what a employer has to put up with … (unless the employee has a disability that may necessitate more toilet breaks)

Falling Asleep at Work - 2%

Homer Simpson didn’t get away with dozing at his desk for very long.

It is worth remembering that just because someone was fired from their last role it doesn’t mean they might not be a good fit for your Company. For more information or help with a problem employee, give us a call.