Firstly, a very happy new year to all of you. I think it’s fair to say that 2019 is going to be a year like few which have gone before. So here, to try and make sure you are as prepared as possible, are a few of the HR issues to look forward to over the next 12 months.
The recent controversy surrounding Ted Baker boss Ray Kelvin raises an important issue. Mr Kelvin, you may remember, has temporarily stepped down from his post whilst an investigation is held into complaints he forced workers to hug him. Many claimed the hugs made them feel uncomfortable, whilst some also reported the kissing of necks and massaging of ears. Let’s be clear about one thing. No employee should ever be treated in a way which makes them feel physically uncomfortable. Sexual harassment concerns aside, you are hardly likely to get the best out of any member of staff whose nerves have been shredded in this way.