Why is Human Resources not achieving the desired impact?

Why is Human Resources not achieving the desired impact?

Despite several declarations by senior executives that their human resource is their greatest asset, the situation on the ground in most organisations does not support this claim. With the exception of those organisations where best practice policies have been crafted and are implemented professionally, the majority of organisations have no human resources practices to talk […]
Reducing Workplace Accident using Analytics

Reducing Workplace Accident using Analytics

In this post, we present the results from a research study on using psychometric tests to predict road traffic accidents (RTA) at a local company in Zimbabwe. The impact of accidents is grave: it impacts the drivers, client property, insurance rates and the vehicles they operate. We tested 54 drivers using different psychometric tests to […]
Improving Organisational Efficiencies using Total Factor Productivity Measurement

Improving Organisational Efficiencies using Total Factor Productivity Measurement

The Challenge… In this post, we present the results from a research study on using productivity measurement models to determine the sustainability of profits at a local company in Zimbabwe. Given the tough economic environment that Zimbabwean companies are operating in, this particular company felt that it was crucial for them to know if their […]

Key Drivers of Retail Sales Performance – Helping a Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company get the most from data

The Challenge We approached a major fast moving consumer goods company (FMCG) operating in Zimbabwe with the intention to help them understand why some of their retail outlets performed above expectation while others performed below expectations. The aim was to identify controllable factors and non-controllable factors that influence the performance of each outlet. The identification […]

Business case: How we determined optimal staffing levels for a local company in Zimbabwe

The challenge We were recently contracted by a major player in Zimbabwe. The company wanted to know if it was paying unnecessary labour costs as a result of overstaffing. The exercise required us to go into each department and establish if the department was overstaffed in its individual roles and job families and was an […]

Wages and Competitiveness, 2017 and beyond

The biggest challenge facing Zimbabwean organisations today is to manage wages and salaries against the worsening economic environment. This is the time for the country, industry and individual organisations to rethink their remuneration systems. The major problems which I have alluded to in my previous articles are that wages and salaries are based on grade […]

The Best Way to Recruit Senior Managers

Strong managers build strong companies. Your company’s success depends on having managers who make effective decisions and motivate other employees to perform to the best of their abilities. Without strong management, short and long –term goals of profit, customer satisfaction and employee retention do not stand a chance. How do you know if the candidates […]

Why Zimbabwean CEOs Fail

Looking at the rate at which companies are closing and going into bankruptcy, you are tempted to question the leadership in some of the organisations. I know the government is contributing to some of the company closures due to policy issues, especially lack of policy coherence and consistency. My hypothesis is that Zimbabwean CEOs fail […]

9 Issues to consider when restructuring your organisation

Your organisations at some stage in the future will need to go through some form of reorganisation, transformation or restructuring. Restructuring assignments are complex and many of them fail to create the value the stakeholders would be anticipating. Having witnessed many such projects, I would like to share some of my observations. My first observation […]

You may not have a job tomorrow morning

I wrote this article in 2012 but I thought I would republish it. I think it applies now more than before. I am shocked by the level of complacency that I see in many organisations. This complacency is seen through all levels of employees. People see things going wrong and they say “it has nothing […]
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