Tag: Memory Nguwi

 

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 […]

Eight Ways the Human Resources Function can add Value to the Business: Applying Science to Human Resources

One of the major criticism levelled against those in the human resources function and those manning it is that oftentimes their activities and interventions are so detached from business. This has led other professionals in other functions to believe that this function is of no value. Here is how the human resources function can add […]

How should a company manage employees that sit on external boards?

We recently undertook an outside Board participation survey. The purpose of this research was to understand if companies had employees who participate in outside Boards. We also sought to find out whether the companies have outside Board participation policies and which areas these policies address. 30 companies participated in this survey. These participants represented 11 […]

Priorities of the Zimbabwean Employee

Remuneration is one of the primary things employees take into consideration when they choose employers. Job design and opportunities of learning are among other things which employees consider. However, during these tough times where cash is scarce, remuneration is at the forefront. Therefore, employers can use their remuneration packages to attract the top talent they […]

Why are performance management systems failing?

I am observing that many companies are facing challenges in implementing and maintaining their performance management systems. Executives are not committed to it and employees would not care less. We have a very terrible culture that we are perpetuating. How do you manage your company viably without a credible performance management system in place? Performance […]

Why every Organisation needs periodic headcount Realignment

It is very likely that most organisations are overstaffed in various roles for various reasons. Some could not react quickly when we went into the multi-currency regime. In some cases, regulatory and company procedures made it difficult to make changes in headcount in line the level of production or business activity. A high number of […]
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