Category: Business General

Why some organisations always hire the wrong people
The cost of making wrong hiring decisions is enormous but we still find organisations not paying attention to how they bring in new employees into the organisation. In most businesses, the quality of the people in the organisation is the single most important contributor to business performance more than access to capital and other resources.  […]
What drives unethical behaviour in Board Members and Executives
Sometimes I get puzzled when I see organisations spending a lot of money training Non- Executive Directors and Executives Directors specifically targeting to reduce unethical conduct.  I guess the belief in those championing such training is that these senior executives are involved in unethical behaviour because they do not know what is right and wrong. […]
Developing a strategy document will not be enough
A number of senior managers have been involved in strategy formulation for a while. Unfortunately, that is where it ends, strategy formulation. The real trouble starts when it comes to implementing the agreed plans. The problem lies with the senior management. They come up with plans and expect their subordinates to implement them. Unfortunately, people […]
Is your organisation ready to face the changing economic environment?
A brief review of organisational performance over the past five years indicates a lack of consistency in business performance. Considering the number of organisations 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 […]
Employee Confidence Drops Again
In the third quarter of 2017 we undertook a national employee confidence survey. The aim of this particular research was to monitor four key indicators of employee confidence: job market optimism, salary expectations, job security and business outlook optimism. 292 employees drawn from over 19 economic sectors responded to this Q3, 2017 survey. We have […]
Do you know your employee engagement index?
Employee Engagement drives business performance. When your employees are disengaged it affects the performance of your business significantly. The only way to know the level of employee engagement in your organisation is through carrying out employee engagement surveys using scientifically validated instruments. In his book Getting Engaged: The New Workplace Loyalty, Tim Rutledge noted that […]
Best Practice In Developing A Performance Management Policy
In a challenging economic environment like ours, the only way to ensure the continued viability of companies is to focus on performance and reward it accordingly. What should be on the minds of executives is how they can effectively measure and manage performance at all levels within their organisations. However, there are two challenges that […]
Are millennials really lazy?
A total of 698 Zimbabwean employees participated in an online survey of protestant work ethic (PWE), internal locus of control and self-evaluated individual performance that we recently undertook. The purpose of the study was to find out if there is any significant differences between Liberators and Born Frees in work ethic as measured by the […]
Current market practice in setting employment contracts for Executive Staff
We recently undertook a survey on employment contracts for Executive staff. The purpose of this research was to understand the trends in executive employment contracts in Zimbabwe. We collected data from 39 organisations. The participants represented 15 economic sectors amongst them: manufacturing, mining, financial services, agro-processing and agriculture, transport and logistics, non-governmental organisations, quasi-government, and […]
Why Zimbabwean Products are not Competitive - A Productivity Perspective
The OECD defines country or national competitiveness as “the degree to which a country can, under free and fair market conditions, produce goods and services which meet the rest of the international markets, while simultaneously maintaining and expanding the real incomes of its people over the long term.” In order for Zimbabwe to achieve this […]