Monthly Archives: October 2016

Is your business like a hot air balloon?


In my latest video I invite you to take a step back from the day-to-day hustle and bustle of your work and really look at your business as a whole…

Imagine that your business is a hot air balloon heading towards a cliff-face and you need to lose some weight in order to gain altitude and avoid catastrophe – who do you throw out of the balloon to be sure you’re going to be in the clear?

This metaphor is an excellent way for you to analyse where your business is underperforming and to make decisive action regarding your people strategy – if something isn’t working, this visualisation will help you to put it into perspective.

Who is the first to go?

The first person to go from your imaginary balloon is your weak-link, the person you believe you need to spend the time developing, or the person to remove. Whatever the solution, you need to act fast, you’ve already identified that they’re a problem for your business, now what should you do about it?

Contact the experts

At FG Solicitors we’re experts in solving workplace problems that involve the employee/employer relationship. Get in touch for a no obligation conversation with us.



Take a Note: Workplace Dress Code Policies

Dress Codes - Avoiding Discrimination Claims

SUMMARY: Readers may remember that, last year, Emily Blunt criticised the Cannes film festival when a woman was denied entry to a screening for wearing flat shoes and that in May of this year it was reported that a woman was sent home from work after refusing to wear high heels. With recent statistics showing that women are buying more trainers than high heels it may be fair to assume that flat shoes are replacing heels as the woman’s shoe of choice. But how does this impact on the workplace and how might organisations deal with, what might be termed, more casual attire being worn by its employees? This is where the use of a dress code policy comes into play. For those employers considering the implementation of a dress code policy we have set out below five key considerations which should be taken into account when deciding the dress code that best suits your organisation’s requirements.

Workplace Dress Code Policies

  • Make dress codes relevant to roles – consider the reasons behind the code.
  • Ensure the code is non-discriminatory, applying equally to men and women. Different standards of dress can be identified as long as the standards, for example for males and females, are equivalent and applied equally.
  • There could be a requirement to cover tattoos and body piercings if there is a sound business reason for this e.g. a customer facing role.
  • Workers may want to wear items that manifest their religious faith e.g. a hijab or kippah. It may be possible to restrict this, but there could be discrimination issues – seek legal advice!
  • The dress code should be in writing and communicated to all staff. Consultation would help to increase overall adherence.


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