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Recently a member of my family was employed by BskyB, towards the end of their three monthly probationary period,which was the end of October 2012 and after commencing the days work, they were taken to a meeting room by a manager and told their probationary period was not going to be confirmed, in other words they were dismissed, no reason was offered, they were then escorted from the building .

The person in question is 18 years old and this was their first job, after the initial shock they have tried to get some sort of explanation from Sky, eventually after letters and emails, at the end of December a meeting was arranged with a senior manager from Sky, this manager had allegedly investigated the circumstances regarding the dismissal. Sadly the only evidence they could produce was hearsay statements from the manager who carried out the dismissal and other employee who was doing an acting  supervisory role, nothing had been recorded at the time to suggest my family members employment was at risk.

Anyway, the reason given for the dismissal was that their questioning of customers was not structured properly, I’d have thought this was something that with proper training and support could have been rectified. If it was in deed the case. But is it the case that these days with so many unemployed it’s easier to just sack someone and replace them with another.

It appears to me that this company does not operate high standards of HR and when decisions are questioned quickly goes into cover up mode.

I’m glad I’m nearing the end of my working life, well I hope so, if this is the way companies treat young workers these days it must be horrendously stressful to be young and trying to get employment and then stay in it.

Oh and here is a quote from the BskyB website “We want our people to be the best they can” perhaps they should have added, but we won’t help!


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