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Zimbabweans are Educated but are poor Managers

We have all seen and experienced corporate scandals of unimaginable proportions in many companies in Zimbabwe since dollarisation. These failures cut across so many sectors of our economy today. In the financial sector it’s properly dressed and it’s called “curatorship,” in other sectors it’s called judicial management. Shareholders, clients and employees are left shell shocked […]
Advice to Employers and Employees: Work for a better employment relationship

Advice to Employers and Employees: Work for a better employment relationship

In today’s article I want to highlight some of the things that are taken for granted but have a big impact on the employment relationship. Retrenchment Employers when retrenching please consider the plight of your employees and how they have served your organisation for all these years. Stop being cruel when carrying out retrenchment. You […]

The Board Remuneration Committee – The Challenges

The Remuneration Committee of the Board is sometimes referred to as the Human Resources Committee. You need to have this committee properly constituted to enable it to effectively discharge its duties. If the committee is not performing its function effectively you will find a remuneration system that has no connection to the performance of the […]
Reviewing your Organisational Structures

Reviewing your Organisational Structures

Organisational structures can be a source of inefficiency that impacts on the ability of the organisation to deliver its mandate. If the process of how structures are designed is not managed properly, and allows for self-interest to dominate, it may encourage managers to engage in empire building. Executives must note that poorly designed structures are […]

Mistakes organisations make when carrying out a skills audit

A skills audit is a process of taking stock of what skills are within the organisation versus what is expected.  The skills audit should always cover the following, and this is in order of priority: cognitive ability; organisation specific competencies; technical competencies (specific to each job family or role, for example, finance employees must know […]

We should give organisational culture the seriousness it deserves

Manager and employees always face a dilemma when it comes to expressing their differences at work. Bosses also feel uncomfortable expressing their differences with subordinates. Subordinates feel the pressure to keep silent with their bosses. It is very difficult for managers, for example, to give negative performance feedback to subordinates especially in organisations that place […]

Empower Managers to decide how much their subordinates should earn

It is very sad that in many organisations line managers have no say in how much their subordinates earn. Empower your managers to have a say in how much their subordinates should earn. Doing so will empower your managers and build a performance culture.   If the company has a pay structure (showing each grade […]

9 “business strategies” that organisations must avoid at all cost

In this article I want to highlight nine (9) things that organisation should avoid at all cost in order to avoid a public fallout with key stakeholders. 1. Increasing salaries with the hope that business performance will increase- Avoid the temptation to increase staff cost with the hope that business performance or economic environment is […]

Never badmouth your employer

Never badmouth your employer. Yes. No matter how tempting it is to speak ill of your employer or colleagues, do not do it. The thing is, very few places of work are all rosy – in fact, I am yet to come across such a place. No matter how terrible your current workplace is, do […]

Telephone Etiquette for Business Calls

The telephone is probably one of the most important customer touch points. Every company should train its staff on telephone etiquette. There should be a clear and standard way of how employees use phones at your company. People are tarnishing good, professional, brands because of how they handle phone calls.   The rules of telephone […]
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