How To: Handle Employee ReferencesPosted in : How To... with Dr. Gerry McMahon on 20 September 2021
A reference that gives a glowing account of an incompetent employee - perhaps to speed them on their way as far as possible from the employer - can return to haunt that employer. The ‘boomerang reference’ will hit hard when it returns, for if the chef can’t cook, the software programmer is incompetent or the technician proves incapable, then the new employer, that relied on the good reference can - and may well - sue.
Allied to the fact that references are a poor predictor of performance – with their hidden agendas and sub-texts – together with the employee’s right of access to what has been written about them - all makes for tricky territory when it comes to writing
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