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HR Briefing # 4 – elite workers, making online recruitment work, stress at work, health and safety alert


HR Briefing - Issue 4 - 17 August 2000

A free newswire brought to you by HR Zone focussing on employment,
legislation, personnel and human resource issues.


1. Beware the rise of the elite worker.
2. How to make online recruitment work
3. 100,000 GBP stress payout is tip of the iceberg
4. HR Zone exclusive: We could not have hoped for better changes
5. Health and safety - sunk without hope?



View from the HR Zone
This week two cases have been publicised where ordinary people
have been subjected to extraordinary stress causing illness and
long-term difficulties. In the first, a deputy headmaster
contacted a bullying helpline because of the behaviour of his head
teacher. He was diagnosed with stress and depression, and sacked
for being unfit to work. In the second, a bank financial adviser
received psychiatric treatment after being given sales targets to
achieve on top of his normal workload.

What strikes me in these sort of cases, is that management seldom
works for the interest of the victim. Management often works to
support the organisation and to reduce the risk of claims against
it. By protecting the organisation, it can fail to protect the
injured victim.

Despite compensation payments the victims' lives are still
blighted by the prospect of unemployment, by a lack of confidence,
by low esteem and by knowing that they have been victimised whilst
inevitably those who caused this suffering remain in post.
Payments in these cases are not lottery wins. Compensation is not
a band-aid for bullying. It doesn't make everything better.

Jon Seaton
Editor HR Zone
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Beware the rise of the elite worker
A new report from the Industrial Society, shows the growth of a
powerful group of 'super skilled' workers in the jobs market.

7,000 GBP for sex discrimination case
This Employment Appeals Tribunal case carries a strong warning for
recruitment agencies and temporary staff agencies.

Health and safety - lost without hope?
Recent events should prompt you to review the adequacy of your
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How to make online recruitment work for you
We've found this article full of useful tips in making the most of
new online recruitment opportunities:

100,000 GBP stress payout is tip of the iceberg
The award of 100,000 GBP to a financial adviser for intolerable
stress is the tip of the iceberg.

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