HR Want to Police Human Relations

Daily Post (Liverpool, England), January 13, 2011 | Go to article overview

HR Want to Police Human Relations


Byline: BRIAN FARMER

A COUNCIL personnel boss who proposed a policy under which "intimate behaviour during work time" could be classed as gross misconduct and lead to disciplinary action has been accused of "laying down an Orwellian dictat".

Workers at Fenland District Council, which is based in March, Cambridgeshire, would have to declare any "close personal relationship" with a colleague to their manager "in writing" if the policy gets the go-ahead.

Personnel officials should also be told and "the information declared...recorded on the personal files of both employees", the proposal adds.

The "Draft People Policy: Relationships at Work" plan was drawn up by Sam Anthony, the council's head of human resources and organisational development. Councillors are due to discuss it at a meeting later this month.

A TUC official described the proposal as an "Orwellian dictat" which would generate resentment. Campaign organisation Big Brother Watch said the council should reject the idea and "let common sense prevail". …

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