How to determine the reason for poor work performance

Nov 11, 2019


Employers often experience frustration and a sense of helplessness if the work does not get done as expected, because one or more employees simply fail to do their part. They take chances, or are absent often, or have excuses for everything. 

Dealing with poor work performance is something most managers try to avoid. There is bound to be conflict, and they don't know where to start or simply don't have the time. Some managers just decide to live with the situation, whilst others try to find shortcuts around it.  The type of questions I am often asked, will probably sound all too familiar........

An employer is entitled to expect its employees to perform their duties at a reasonable standard and if this does not happen, has the right (and duty) to take definitive action. If you are aware of a problem in your department or business and don't do something about it sooner rather than later, you will end up having to do a lot of damage control later...

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PARENTAL LEAVE (Paternity leave, Adoption leave and Surrogacy leave)

Nov 02, 2019


These new categories of leave have been introduced during 2019, to make provision for longer paternity leave, but also specifically for parents in non-traditional relationships; or who may be adopting or have surrogacy arrangement.

All of this leave is unpaid (just like maternity leave), unless the employer has a policy to provide for (part) payment during these periods of leave. The parents can however claim UIF benefits, subject to certain conditions.

[Please note than as at 11 November 2019, only the provisions relating to the claiming of benefits for Parental leave (the 10 days) have come into operation. The actual leave entitlement for any of these types of leaves is not law yet, although it is expected to become so soon. We'll keep you updated here.]

Parental leave (includes paternity leave)

  • An employee who is a parent of a child is entitled to at least 10 consecutive days’ parental leave. This includes paternity leave. Where an employee is one of two parents who...
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