Business Problem: Our chief executive provoked a storm after saying one reason he decided to close a factory and cut hundreds of jobs was because staff were lazy. What should we do?
Make a statement to the press that the chief executive is known for his radical statements and his frustration is borne out of the fact the factory needs to be profitable to be able to employ people and for that to happen the production rate needs to be significantly higher.
Nigel Toplis, Recognition Express, Bardon
All the workers cannot be too lazy. I would refer this to the chairman with view to a disciplinary procedure.
Jaffer Kapasi, Kapasi & Co, Oadby
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He is probably echoing the sentiments of most employers in the UK. Although it needs to be said and brought out in the open it needs to be toned down a bit because not all employees are lazy (just most).
Mark Esho, Easy Internet, Whetstone
If it is impacting the business, proof presented to your chief executive may influence his stance. If it isn't, then does it matter?
Rachel Curtis-Bowen, Cambridge & Counties Bank, Leicester
Restate the actual reasons for the closure to the workforce and to the media and other interested parties. Confirm with your HR director or manager that the company is following the legally correct procedure for consultation and redundancy.
Andy Turner, Mark J Rees, Leicester
The staff will be very upset at the loss of their jobs without adding this comment. It is totally unfair. No one will respect him being so outspoken at such a bad time for the company. He needs to apologise.
Joyce Thomas, Park Veterinary Group, Leicester