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Entrepreneurs Panel

Debbie Pierce
Richard O'Sullivan
David Pollock
Tony Caldeira
Brian Hay
Laura Tenison
Michael Oliver
Steve Purdham
Jeremy Roberts
Jennie Johnson
Charlie Mullins
Julie Meyer

Doing it for the lads

Tony Caldeira

Set up St Helens-based home textile company Caldeira Limited in 1991 to supply cushions, pillows, throws, curtains and bedding to volume retailers worldwide. Caldeira opened a Chinese joint venture company in 2004 and completed its expansion into a 200,000 sq ft factory in the Hangzhou province in 2006. The firm has now moved its headquarters to Knowsley and, in 2007, opened its doors in the US with its first sales office in New York. The firm bought 14 Fabric Warehouse stores out of administration in 2008 to cement its expansion into retail to boost its manufacturing division.

Question: 

At a recent corporate event two of my female staff decided to put on a display of, ahem, affection for the benefit of the male attendees. Funnily enough, this isn’t covered in any of our staff policies but I don’t feel it can be left unremarked upon. How do you suggest I discipline them?

Answer: 

Regardless of the gender or sexuality of your staff, if the event was organised by your company, and this “affection” caused any offence, you may have a problem. This is because companies can often be held responsible for any issues which arise at corporate or staff events.

Therefore you need to make staff aware of their obligations, before the event, to ensure that this kind of behaviour does not occur.

If no damage has been caused by this affectionate display then perhaps a “dressing down” or a “slapped wrist” would be appropriate, providing your staff don’t enjoy this kind of punishment!?

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