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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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Simply Communicate: An Employer’s Friend

6 December 2015

If only employees would do as they’re told, This business would thrive, that’s a fact! But you’re not around every moment each day To prescribe and proscribe every act. Employees make decisions, take risks and take charge When you’re not there having your say. How do you know they will do what is best When they’re…

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Managing problem employees – a workshop

30 July 2014

Registered NGOs and PBOs enjoy a special rate of R 500 per person

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Managing repeat offenders in the workplace

31 March 2014

I am often asked to help deal with a troublesome employee where the ‘trouble’ has been going on for some time. But there is no record of any previous counselling or disciplinary action. Can anything be done? In a small organisation, or where happy relationships between staff and managers are the norm, minor slipups are…

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Unfair discrimination: the ghost of actions past

4 February 2014

The Employment Equity Amendment Act (2012), recently signed by the President, affects all of us. We cannot pretend that the workplace is representative of the population, particularly at senior levels. We have not done enough to bring black people, women and people with disabilities into meaningful, decision-making positions.  We might ignore for a time the…

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It’s not my fault: employees and managers missing each other

10 March 2013

 South Africans have a blind spot when it comes to understanding the difference between fault and responsibility. “It’s not my fault that my car’s brakes failed,” we say, and we think that’s the end of the story. If it’s not my fault, somehow I don’t have to take responsibility. I have found this to be…

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