Sooner is always better than later

May 16, 2010

Too often managers wait to long to take disciplinary action.  Managers are in a state of paralysis when it comes to confronting a non-performer.

The problem only escalates.  Mr. Manager’s level of stress escalates on a daily basis.  Whilst Mr. Poor Performer is pushing the boundaries.

A vicious circle evolves.  The total energy of Mr. Manager is focused on Mr. Poor Performer.  Mr. Manager is usually on top of his game.  However Mr. Manager’s performance has now also plummeted to a point of total deterioration.

The company’s costs get out of hand.  Revenue plummets.  Mr. Manager’s eye is off the ball.  Conflict is evident.  A huge emotional explosion by Mr. Manager is unavoidable.  The company is run on emotional energy and not in a professional business manner.

The reason is progressive discipline has not been applied.

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Is your boss victimizing you?

February 22, 2010

You don’t want to get up in the morning because you have to go to the dreaded office.  You wish the day would just pass.

Your boss thinks you incompetent, makes rude remarks when you alone and looks over your shoulder all day.  Nothing is ever good enough.

Outbursts are also not uncommon by Mr. Boss.  Once you back home you wish tomorrow will never come.

What are your options when victimized at work?

  1. Accept the situation
  2. Look for other work
  3. Change the situation

How can you possibly change the situation?  Firstly get support from other employees, family and friends.  Secondly, find out what your rights are and how the grievance procedure of your company works.  Thirdly, get expert help.

Jean du Rand is a Port Elizabeth based Industrial Psychologist specialising in psychometric testing, career counselling, organisational interventions and labour relations.  Jean du Rand features on Bay FM between 11:00 and 12:00 every last Monday of the month and is also a part-time Human Resources lecturer at Varsity College.

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