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77 per cent of Irish bosses have sacked an employee without following procedures

Employers are being warned that not following procedures could end up costly in the long run.

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ALMOST 80 PER cent of Irish employers have admitted not following procedures when firing a staff member.

Research released today by the Dublin-based employment law consultancy, Peninsula Ireland, shows that 77 per cent of bosses have fired someone without adhering to their own disciplinary process.

That number is up from 64 per cent last year.

In addition, 48 per cent of managers claimed they have dismissed an employee purely out of anger and frustration.

The survey interviewed 1,021 employers over a two month span.

Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland warned employers against making rash decisions when it comes to employees.

You can’t get hot under the collar and sack an employee just because you are angry at them, not unless you want to end up in court. It is vitally important that managers follow formal and correct procedures when dismissing staff, otherwise it could potentially come back to haunt them and be a very costly experience.

“Disciplinary procedures are there for a reason, so use them when it comes to dealing with staff and therefore you will have a leg to stand on if an ex-employee tries taking you to court for wrongful dismissal.”

Price continued “Of course I can understand when employers get frustrated – unproductive workers cost business money, but sacking someone is not the right answer.”

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