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Cann-a-bus be taken to work?

5 November 2018

If cannabis is legal, is the employer powerless to do anything to monitor or restrict its use in the workplace?

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Bite-Sized Management: Getting the Essentials

27 November 2017

It has been a real pleasure and lots of fun holding what I call Bite-Sized Management conversations around town. Bite-Sized Management presents the essence of an otherwise complex subject in half an hour. We focus on the key elements of a subject to provide a refresher for those familiar with the subject or an introduction…

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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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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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Discipline and performance: seven questions for a manager

9 January 2014

When employees let you down, when they go against your explicit instructions or a known policy, when they fail to follow up with a customer or complete an urgent task, you are going to be angry. In a large organisation there are usually other managers to discuss the issues with, who may bring some perspective…

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Managing discipline: a foreign country?

18 March 2013

Is the disciplinary process a foreign country for you? Owners and manager of small to medium-size organisations often keep away from discipline until an impossible employee needs to be fired. By then it’s far too late. Too much damage has been done. The employee has perhaps damaged relationships with clients, the manager has been driven…

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