Are your Employees an Asset or an Expense?

How to fire a disengaged employee without it costing you more

A staggering one out of every ten New Zealand employees is disengaged from their work. That means they are doing the bare minimum just not to get fired. They come into work, surf the internet, steal the stationery, leave early, and run down your business behind your back.

If you end up with one of those employees in your workplace, it is going to cost you money. How much money depends on what you do about it. Either you tolerate disengaged employees or you free up their future by showing them the door. Well, contrary to the belief of many business owners, the cheapest option is to free up their future PROVIDING you do it the right way.

Many employers do it wrong

58% of employees who bring personal grievances before the Employment Relations Authority win. A significantly higher proportion extract compensation at Mediation. This statistic shows that many employers still do not follow correct process when dismissing staff. As a result many employers just tolerate disengaged employees, but tolerating them is usually when things go horribly wrong...

Why tolerating disengaged employee will cost you money

If you are paying an employee to be disengaged you are wasting your money by employing them in the first place. Furthermore, that disengaged employee will be pulling down the rest of your staff leading to a diminished return on your other employees. If the disengaged employee has customer contact, he or she will be driving customers away too.

As this situation gets worse, you get more frustrated until one day you snap: you dismiss the disengaged employee, fail to follow process, you end up getting sued, and the disengaged employee gets compensated. Hardly sounds fair does it?

Well, the solution to this doom loop is to reclaim your rights as an employer – YES, YOU HAVE RIGHTS TOO!

Introducing - Employed but not Engaged: How to break up with your employees and hold on to the ring

If you are looking for a boring text book on Human Resources, you’ve come to the wrong place. Employment but not Engaged is a practical and light-hearted guide to avoiding personal grievances at every stage of the employment process. It is aimed at the business owner, not the academic. You don’t need a degree in legalese to understand the simple concepts explained in this book. These concepts guide you right from the point of employing staff up to terminating the employment relationship. So, if you thought that New Zealand employment law was a complicated minefield, think again – I will prove that being in an employment relationship doesn’t have to be your worst nightmare.

Have you ever been in a relationship?

Whether you are currently single or in a relationship, you can no doubt relate to what it is like to go through a break up. Whether your relationships or beak ups have gone smoothly or not, there would have been lessons to learn long the way and those lessons are equally applicable to the employment relationship as they were to your childhood romance. The difficulty is in applying those lessons in the employment context. By reading Employed but not Engaged you will learn how to apply those lessons and come out of any dismissal process with your reputation and your rights as an employer intact.

But will you read it?

If you are anything like me, you’ll be thinking whether you will get the time to read another business book and are worried that you will part with your cash only for the book to get filed away never to see the light of day. There are three reasons why this will not happen:

  1. The concepts are simple to understand: Each concept in the book is explained clearly in layman’s language using analogies and examples. It is therefore very easy to read, but even if you don’t have time to read the chapters in full, at the end of each chapter is a mind map summarising the concepts and enabling you to find what you want, when you want it. Even if you don’t read it in one sitting, it will still be a valuable reference tool for your business.
  2. You save money: Apply the concepts in the book and you will reduce your legal bills, either by avoiding personal grievances altogether or by knowing how to handle employee problems yourself when they arise.
  3. It is written based upon my experience: As a practicing employment law barrister I have been involved in sorting out more employment relationship problems than your average business owner (I hope!). That puts me in a unique position to make sure that the information in this book is reliable and trustworthy.
So, of course you will read it: you would be mad not to. But that's not the real issue.

The question you should be asking

By buying this book, will you save yourself more than $35 in legal fees and employee costs? I guarantee that you will. If having read the book you think I am wrong, then you can have your money back – no questions asked. How can I give this guarantee? Just look at how much legal advice the book contains.

Contents of Employed but not Engaged

Employed but not Engaged teaches you how to:
  1. Comply with your duty of good faith
  2. Recruit the right staff
  3. Set the rules for the employment relationship
  4. Dismiss an employee on the grounds of misconduct
  5. Make someone redundant
  6. Performance manage an employee
  7. Terminate the employment on the grounds of sickness or incapacity
  8. Manage a resignation and avoid constructive dismissal claims
  9. Go through an employment break up
  10. Handle a personal grievance

And then there are three special bonuses

There are two versions of Employed but not Engaged. I will call them “Upgraded” and “Standard”. With the Upgraded version you get three additional bonus downloads which you don’t get with the standard edition:

Get the best from your employeesBonus 1 - How to get the best from your employees:
Your employees are like the pistons in an engine. If they are not working properly and in tune with each other then the profits of your business are going to take a tumble. The trick to ensuring your business is working effectively is to have HR structures and processes in place. However, many people think that is just for the big corporates. In this special report I interview Lynlee Wilson of boutique HR consultancy The People Group about the importance of having such structures in place and key strategies which you can use so that profits sky rocket.
Value $15
How to choose the right employee for the right jobBonus 2 - How to choose the right employee for the right job:
In this special interview I talk to Brian Noble of Achievement Discoveries who is an expert in employee aptitude testing. You may have the right employees in your business but they may not be in the right role. By testing their aptitudes you can put them in the right role and then get the best out of them. This interview explains how it all works.
Value $15
The Dos and Don’ts of Video Surveillance in the WorkplaceBonus 3 - The Dos and Don’ts of Video Surveillance in the Workplace:
If you use video surveillance in your workplace you could be breaching the Privacy Act and exposing yourself to employee claims. Dismissing an employee relying on video evidence must be done very carefully and it is not as easy as you may think. This report teaches you how to do it and even includes specimen video surveillance policy.
Value $15

Here are the two options:

Employed but not Engaged paperback Upgraded Version
Standard Version - Employed but not Engaged e-Book and paperback -
    Do’s and Don’ts of Video Surveillance in the Workplace
(Value $15)
    How to Get the Best from your Employees (Value $15) -
    How to Choose the Right Employee for the Right Job
(Value $15)
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Michael Smyth
Michael Smyth LLb.

P.S. This book costs a fraction of your lawyer’s hourly rate yet will save you significantly more than that in legal fees and business expense. This is one investment you will want to make for yourself as quickly as possible! To buy click here.