Making the rift amicable

What can possibly be the logic in a firm holding someone to a year's notice? It is not just that such a human resource strategy creates bad feeling between someone who has decided to move on and the firm, it also creates instability in that person's department, where team members are faced with a colleague who doesn't want to be there and uncertainty over the future. Clients, too, have a right to ask whether they want their accounts handled in such a climate. While there is no evidence that Lewis Silkin's treatment of Stephen Groom led to a wider problem, it was bad human resource, and worse, it shows a lack of faith in Lewis Silkin's ability to succeed and move on.