Employment rights have been much in the news of late. The Taylor Report into good work makes a number of recommendations. I won’t cover them here as finer minds than mine have already done so.
When the law changes for any reason, people like me have to make the necessary changes to HR policies.
But as I have said many times before, when we have to revert to employment law, when we have to find a company policy on the intranet to determine what to do in any particular set of circumstances, sometimes we are half way to losing something important.
Losing our ability to see someone as the individual that they are.
The opportunity to consider the unique context.
The need for common sense, always.
Even the entire argument.
When we defer our decisions to documents, we run the risk of losing our ability to be compassionate, to apply a little tolerance, to treat people as humans and not resources.
The one right we should all have at work, is to be our imperfect human self.
And a simple, human conversation, is our most significant opportunity to change any work situation for the better.