Would firing slackers boost productivity? (Editor’s Notes)

U.K. report recommends easier way to dismiss employees
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/22/2011

How tempting is this for employers? A leaked, government-commissioned report out of the United Kingdom is suggesting employment laws be changed to allow for no-fault dismissal.

Essentially, employers would be able to get rid of any employee by paying a fixed amount of reasonable notice.

The thinking in the report, written by private equity boss Adrian Beecroft, is lazy employees who coast through the workday are hurting competitiveness, and a scheme to make it easy to show them the door and replace them with more capable workers would benefit the economy.