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Could HR solve...? Jurassic Park

28 Sep 2019 By PM Editorial

An aggrieved worker sabotages his employer, with disastrous consequences

The problem

As senior computer programmer at Jurassic Park, Dennis Nedry is the architect of an advanced security system designed to ensure visitors’ safety. But feeling undervalued, a disgruntled Nedry sabotages security and steals priceless company property – leaving a trail of death and destruction in his wake as the park’s dinosaurs go on the rampage. 

The solution

Under every employment policy in the world, Nedry’s actions amount to gross misconduct, says Gemma Dale, co-founder of The Work Consultancy. 

There are a number of implied terms in an employment contract, says Dale: “One of those is that any employee will offer faithful service to their employer, alongside mutual trust and confidence.

“Nedry has almost certainly breached those implied terms, which highlights the importance of employers putting comprehensive contracts in place in the unlikely event a worker goes rogue,” she says.

She also highlights that in every contract of agreement there is usually a confidentiality clause. “Even when the contract comes to an end, that duty continues,” she says. “So it’s fairly evident that Nedry’s actions would, but for his death, result in a dismissal.

“Jurassic Park has a legal duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act to provide a safe place of work for all its employees.

“The nature of the rest of the events – and the number of people scoffed by dinosaurs – indicates it has failed in that duty. That should definitely be a priority for the firm going forward.”

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