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Two of the biggest mistakes made when firing employees

6 July 2017

The following is an article I contributed to Formfactory, who asked various experts in labour relations and labour law, “What are the biggest mistakes employers make when firing employees?” Please add your ideas to the conversation below. Since employers lose some 60% of cases referred to the CCMA, serious mistakes are being made. Two of…

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Verbal, Written and Final Warnings: The How and the When

20 June 2017

Written warnings, final written warnings, verbal warnings (or ‘written verbal warnings’, whatever that might be) – how and when do you issue them and what do you do once you have issued them? The Labour Relations Act (LRA), Code of Good Practice: Dismissal (the Code) encourages ‘corrective or progressive discipline’ and states: ‘Efforts should be…

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Job Hunting 1: The First Rule

12 June 2017

What is important to you when you are job hunting? There are many articles that advise us, quite rightly, to look beyond the money and the position, and consider things like job satisfaction and emotional fit in the organisation. Is this where I want to work? Do I want to spend my days with these…

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Seven Questions You Need to Ask Before a Disciplinary Enquiry

6 June 2017

One of the problems managers have when it comes to difficult, ineffective, poor-performing employees, is our emotional state. By the time we decide we must act, either because the behaviour has been going on for so long or the incident is so serious, we are really angry and want nothing more than to chase the…

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The Future of Your Business, One Hire at a Time

30 January 2017

Are you hiring? What are some of the questions you ask yourself before hiring starts? If you are like most of us, they will include: What’s the job? Who was in the job before? What skills and experience do we need? Where’s the previous ad? Let me suggest some others that should be asked and…

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Sexual Harassment and Other Misconduct: Employer Risk

5 September 2016

Employers beware! The appointment and promotion of managers and supervisors is much more risky than you thought. Since no one is a perfect fit, we are used to assessing whether a candidate’s shortcomings can be dealt with through training and coaching. A lack of technical and people-management skills is the risk we know about. But…

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Changing Employee Benefits: Radical Steps Needed

12 August 2016

I’m taking a risk here. I’m likely to lose readers on this one either because the advice is so ridiculously obvious you’ll be bored or because it is so radical you’ll disown me. But humour me, please. It’s that important. Not many of us are brave or foolish enough to go about unilaterally changing contracts…

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Rugby Coaches and Acting Positions: Three Questions

15 April 2016

The ‘secret’ is out. Allister Coetzee has been appointed the new Springbok Rugby coach. Some say it is nine years late, and that he should have been given the job when the ‘poisoned chalice’ passed to the ‘quirky’ Pieter de Villiers. In spite of the delay, Coetzee appears upbeat and ready for the challenges that…

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Is Retirement The End or a New Beginning?

16 March 2016

We were blessed to be able to celebrate a 90th birthday this month. My father turned 90 on 3 March 2016. Since my mother is only a couple of years behind him, and both have all their faculties (if not quite all their memory), I am nervous about how long my retirement funds are going to…

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Abnormal: A sign for our times

3 February 2016

Imagine having to drive around with an ‘ABNORMAL’ sign stuck behind you. No doubt you can think of other drivers who ought to have such signs on their cars or taxis. I suspect that a lot of us walk around feeling as if we have an ‘Abnormal’ sign on our backs; that everyone around us…

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