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9th November 2015
This week's survey 
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  

Our last week's survey results...
Who is responsible for the repair cost of a machine when an employee breaks it due to negligence or NOT paying attention?
  • I guess this comes down to the relationship between you and your employee. We are all human, we can all make a mistake, or not concentrate fully - as bosses we do it ourselves, so why should an employee be any different?
    If the damage was caused by willful negligence it is more a matter of a written warning - the employee is not a valuable member of staff. In this case you may think about charging them a proportion of the repair cost, but I am unsure how this would stand in law.
    The size of the business also has a bearing. Generally speaking employees are more aware of turnover and costs in a micro business, whereas a very large operation is regarded in a different light. Their employees can often see the owner as a "rich dude" who can afford any repairs, and it doesn't matter in the scheme of things if employees stuff up and cause damage as the boss can afford it.
  • The employer is responsible. One asks if the employer trained the employee correct. One wonders if the employer chose the correct person to employ. No person is perfect. If any employer or employee thinks they have made it through life without errors, look out for that person. If you are the employee and keep breaking things, don't expect long term employment. If you are the employer, if it is regular you have to consider their employment. But Employer is responsible.
  • Myself, the business owner.
  • Unfortunately the buck falls with the owner of the company. All we can do as employers is put systems and procedures in place for employees to follow. If a member of the team fails to take due care and attention with your equipment and machinery then it is up to us the employer to decide whether this team member 1. has had sufficient training on this equipment and 2. Is willing to accept the responsibility for using and maintaining this machine in good working order. If the answer is NO to either then ultimately we as employers we have to supply suitable training or decide whether this employee is a worth while investment to the company. If it is due to negligence and an employee not caring or paying attention then do you really want this type of employee in your business so disciplinary action up to and including termination should be considered.
  • Your employee is your responsibility. You employ him to make a profit (or a loss). If he breaks the property of a client than that is your responsibility also. Absolutely no argument. The only circumstance that would render him liable is if he was breaking the law.
  • If you are going to hold the employee accountable, they need to know this before they start work, so this will need to be written in a dually signed contract BEFORE they start (amazing how a piece of paper can make someone care). Most sign businesses I know just put a person on - no paper work - and magically hope nothing will ever go wrong. Us sign writer bosses are a trusting bunch, but the world has changed (for the worse). The current workforce moto is "It ain't mine and it ain't my fault!" and the law agrees.
  • An employer should know that they are responsible for what happens in their shop, including breakages!!! They can take action against an employee if it is known that a breakage is totally due to employee negligence - but that is another issue.
Editor's note: - Thanks everybody for your feedback. It would seem the majority are recommending weekly, so that is what we will stick with. 
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