We have recently suspended one of our employees due to mistakes they have made over the last couple of months.
An appraisal meeting was scheduled and held with the employee and one of my HR colleagues attended (the employee was not aware HR were going to be present)where the employee was duly suspended.
My issue is (I was away when this all happened) the errors had not previously been bought to the employees attention. The first he knew about it was when he attended the appraisal meeting. No PDP had been put in place. There have been no financial losses. The employee is often left on their own due to staff shortages and their line manager is frequently away on business.
Were we right to suspend the employee or should another course of action have been taken?