What Do You Do if an Employee Appeals Your Decision?

If you’ve had to make a decision about one of your employees and an issue such as their flexible working request or a disciplinary situation, your employee has the right to appeal against your decision.

What do you do next? How should you handle their appeal?

Your employee can appeal against a disciplinary decision on both conduct and performance matters, or any other employment decision, but they must do so in writing. They need to set out the grounds for their appeal within the number of days set out in your own policy, of you giving them your decision.

You should then hear their appeal without delay. Where possible this should be done by a manager, preferably more senior and not previously involved in the case. This is not always possible in a smaller business, so the same manager or owner may have to hear the appeal, and they must be objective. At this meeting you need to hear what your employee has to say, and consider it against all the facts. You may need to carry out further investigations in order to reach your conclusion, before making your final decision.

Following the meeting, you should write to your employee to tell them the outcome of the appeal, and how the decision was reached. Examples of all the letters for all stages of the formal disciplinary process are available from the Disciplining staff section of the Acas website.

Whatever decision is made regarding the appeal, you must keep a confidential written record of the case.

If you run a small business and need someone impartial to handle appeals, or initial disciplinary meetings for you, do get in touch to talk about how we can do this for you. Call us on 0118 940 3032 or email sueferguson@optionshr.co.uk.

Learning to Manage Your Team

Recently one of my clients asked me to help one of the managers in her business, who wasn’t that confident in his role. Rather than sending the manager on an off the shelf ‘learn to manage’ course, my client asked what I thought would work best. After a brief conversation with my client, to find out about her concerns, I then spoke to the manager. As a result, we decided that some 1-2-1 management coaching sessions with the manager would be ideal.

One of the manager’s main issues was that he needed to learn how to deal with long serving members of staff. There had been a number of incidences when he might ask them to do something, for them to tell him that it wasn’t part of their job. Both the members of staff have been with the company for some time and like the way things always used to be. They weren’t keen on change – something many of us struggle with.

Rather than come down heavy handed on his staff, the manager and I agreed, during one of our sessions, that he needed to learn how to push back and challenge his team members. To help him do this more effectively we used the Quest personality profiling system, to show up in which areas he is stronger and weaker. This showed us the skills that we needed to work on. It’s not possible to turn all your weaknesses into strengths; you need to understand which are the most important ones that you can develop.

We also looked at the manager’s best communication style and how that relates to the communication styles of his team members. We discussed the importance of not treating everyone the same. Instead, look at how they like to be managed and find a middle ground.

I will carry on working with my client’s manager, over the coming months, to coach him in his job and help him to overcome other obstacles that will come his way, as his confidence builds.

If you would like to arrange 1-2-1 Coaching for your members of staff, do get in touch. We can discuss the issues and work out the best way forward, for you and for them. Call us on 0118 940 3032 or click here to email me.