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Good Bye to Annual Salary Increases

Zimbabwean companies to a large extend have now realised that increasing fixed remuneration like basic salaries and allowances is a risky affair. The majority of companies are on the brink of collapse as a result of poor judgment when it comes to managing remuneration.  Others have adjusted salaries haphazardly resulting in unsustainable wage bills. Others […]
Why Most Performance Management System are a Waste of Time and Resources

Why Most Performance Management System are a Waste of Time and Resources

Most performance management systems suffer from two main persistent problems; measurement problem and feedback problem. Regardless of what your system is called, these are the main problems that render most performance measurement systems useless.  I know a lot of organisations have different systems, some very old and some new, and with fancy names. Unless and […]

Do away with company cars

I have published this article before, but I thought is it important to revisit it again. Remuneration is at the heart of most governance problems. There are various cases locally and internationally to support this assertion. Those charged with crafting remuneration systems consider their personal interest first before that of the organisation and its shareholders. […]

Sexual harassment in Zimbabwean organisations: How prevalent is it?

We have just concluded a survey in which we sought to understand Zimbabwean employees’ perceptions and opinions about sexual harassment and misconduct. The survey also attempted to quantify the prevalence of sexual harassment in our organisations. There were 793 participants in this survey. 59% of the respondents were male and the rest, (41%) were female. […]

Psychological Practices in Zimbabwe – An interview with the Zimbabwe Psychological Association (ZPA) Secretary-General

This interview has been organized for the benefit of members of the public and corporates who in some instances have been cheated by people who masquerade as Psychologist when they are not registered to practice Psychology in line with the laws of Zimbabwe. Below is a Question & Answer I had with the Zimbabwe Psychological […]

Impact of Salary Cuts Survey Report

This research is aimed at establishing common practices that organisations are taking when cutting salaries and what the legal implications and challenges are which are associated with salary cuts. The findings presented in this report are meant to assist organisations that want to implement salary cuts to make their organisations more sustainable.   Although there […]

Are your monitoring your employee’s stress levels?

In 2014 we undertook a survey on prevalence of distress and other mental health problems in Zimbabwe’s working population. 707 employees responded to this survey.   Mental health is defined as a state of well-being whereby individuals recognize their abilities, are able to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and […]

Rethinking Human Resources Management – how to make the function more effective

I have argued in this column before, that traditionally, the HR Department has been viewed as an administrative overhead. HR has been responsible for processing payroll, managing benefits administration, maintaining personnel files, and other records, managing the hiring process, amongst others. I believe those times are changing and there are immense benefits in making HR […]

All Executives should be on Fixed Term Performance Contracts

The challenges that the business community is facing requires maximum cooperation from every stakeholder: employees, managers, executive and Board of Directors of the organisation. As a result, company need to take an objective assessment of how they link performance to rewards. This should start with executives, before being effected down to the lower levels of […]

Why Are Some Turnaround Strategies Failing?

A brief review of organizational performance over the past five years indicates a lack of consistency in business performance. Considering the number of organizations now finding themselves in non-viable positions we are forced to conclude that earlier reported successes were probably due more to chance factors than to capable executive leadership. Research indicates that up […]
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