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Have you dismissed an employee for abusing your communications system? If so, were you consistent?

by , 20 October 2015
Technology is an important part of your business because it facilitates effective and efficient running.

But if you have employees who misuse your company's systems, it can lead to many problems, and so you should take action to counter this.

If an employee is found to be abusing your business communications systems, and you decide to dismiss her, keep in mind that consistency is of vital importance.


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If an employee has been found to be abusing your company's communications systems, and you dismiss her, she may claim unfair dismissal based on inconsistency.
In other words, the employee was doing what was considered the norm among the employees within your company.
This would translate into you allowing a vastly widespread practice to continue while inconsistently disciplining an individual among the group of 'guilty' employees.
So then, does this mean that, because it is, and has been, a common practice, there is nothing you can do to stop it? By no means!
All you need to do is communicate with your employees about the 'new' rules and let them know that any infringements with regard to them will not be tolerated – at all.
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