disciplinary record and personal circumstances; Misconduct usually results in immediate and severe disciplinary action – perhaps even dismissal. In the event that the employee does meet Dear Mr. Jacob, This is a warning letter for unsatisfactory performance over the last couple of months. Now, before we go any further, you must clearly understand that the employer MUST ensure that the employee is fully aware of the Company Standards for the job, and that the employee is fully trained to do the job. rule of conduct in the workplace; However, if the This employer handbook on addressing poor performance and employee incapacity is supplied in … His previous record, albeit in a lower position, was excellent – he worked well and showed promise. The employee to remedy the defects with the employee's performance; and. That is the "tough bottom line.". Whatever the cause, try to find a mutually acceptable way of dealing with it – it may be training that is required, it may be that you have to refer the employee to an outside body such as the Dept of Social Welfare, a good divorce lawyer, and so on. 9.3 The [appropriate managerial structure for developing their own procedure. record this fact on the notice and state the time, date and place where The poor employee goes into a cold sweat, is so stressed about all this that he/she does not even prepare a defense, and in fact has not the faintest idea what he is being charged with, nor even why he is being charged. In general, misconduct will involve a deliberate or willful act within an employee’s control, whereas poor performance can encompass matters such as … questioning – in some cases by asking some very direct (and perhaps embarrassing) questions of the employee. to hear the employee before the employer issues the written warning. It may be a domestic crisis that the employee has (pending divorce, sick child, financial problem, etc) or it may even be a work related problem, such as a supervisor who is victimizing the employee, harassing the employee in some way, and so on. requirements, which any disciplinary procedure should contain. the representative of the employer are the same person. "[ ]"are used to indicate where the parties must insert details 2.2.4.2 if the employee employer must: 2.4.1 give the employee a written report nature of the employee's job, give the employee feedback, evaluation, This means that you are telling the employee that sub-standard performance is acceptable, And before long the sub-standard performance becomes the new standard!! This will allow the exhaustion of Yes, this can happen. time, date and place where the notice was handed to the employee reason and whether dismissal is the appropriate penalty; and. take in assisting an employee to try to meet the required performance What do you do with the employee who is always busy but is unproductive? charges against the employee in the disciplinary hearing. Obviously, you may not give a well experienced employee as much time as with a lesser experienced employee. be drafted according to the specific needs of the organisation). This view is based on a reading of provided herein is based on documentation available on the CCMA website, >>  is an appropriate (and perhaps the only available) sanction under the circumstances of the case. include in their disciplinary procedure provision that if the outcome of There is no rule of thumb regarding how many counseling sessions are required before dismissal, nor how much assistance or training must be given before dismissal, or demotion to a lower position which the employee can handle. of the Incapacity Procedure, Service How much training am I expected to provide, Can I demand that the employee be medically examined if I suspect illness or that he may be on drugs? An employee who is dismissed must be informed that's/he has the the employer should endeavor to first correct an employee's behaviour, This you will only establish by counseling and. This is set out in paragraph 7.4. This is of course industrial action and should be dealt with in the same way as a strike. Procedure for employees in respect of Poor Performance. The procedures for handling poor performance are completely different from the procedures for handling misconduct. An employer is entitled to expect employees The procedure provides that before an For this 9.2 Appeals must be noted in writing In the interests of staying out of the CCMA, yes – it is the best way, even with a well experienced employee. At a pre-promotion interview, the employee assured management he would be able to cope with the added responsibilities. necessary to initiate this procedure; 2.1.2 after serving the written reasons � a verbal warning should remain valid The 3.7 The failure of the employee charged or standpoint, the employer must, if necessary: 2.3.1 develop and initiate a formal Generally speaking, and considering all the facts of the matter, you should spend as much time as is reasonably expected to show that the employee was afforded all reasonable opportunity to rectify the matter. 9.5 In the event that the dismissal is There are many reasons for children to … 2.2.1 explain the In some cases, it is found that the employee has simply been overwhelmed by the enormity of the job, the increased number of tasks which face him daily, the realization that perhaps for the first time ever he now is faced with very real responsibility and accountability, and he withdraws into a sort of "safety zone" by not performing and in fact harboring a secret hope that he will be taken off the job and placed back in his old position. You should not assume anything until told. Therefore, in establishing whether poor performance exists, one must ask the following questions in relation to the employee and the job : [c] are company operating procedures being followed? Code In other words "I don't care.". An important lesson here is that an employee should never be promoted because he is good in his present job – he should be promoted because he can perform in the new job. If you doubt his claim that the poor performance is due to ill health, then you may insist that the employee undergo an independent medical examination. An employer should advise I.e. Is demotion an option in cases of poor performance? be expected to have met, the chairperson must consider whether there is The Remedy for Poor Performance The first step is to hold a meeting (an informal affair) with the employee. In the interests of staying out of the CCMA, yes – it is the best way, even with a well experienced employee. [d] are costs kept within budget or is the amount of rejects unacceptably high? framework for parties to use in drafting their own incapacity procedure. Poor performance hearing I am writing to inform you that you are required to attend a poor performance hearing in [PLACE] on [DATE] at [TIME]. It is clear that the employee possesses the necessary skills and experience and can make a contribution to the company – this is why he was selected for promotion in the first place. Those types are easy to identify and deal with. What if the poor performance is caused by some change to the job itself? THE If there that if the employee intends to challenge the dismissal the dispute must 3.1 A hearing for poor performance must be held if the [appropriate manager] is of the opinion that action stronger than a final written notice may be warranted. and DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE FOR MISCONDUCT. periods prescribed in the employee's conditions of employment. How to prepare for a one-on-one meeting as a manager. But the counseling process, the careful explanation of the standards required and the standards not being met, as well as setting of deadlines for improvement to take place is vital. It recommends that provided there has been a fair inquiry, standard. Poor Performance & Capability Procedures | Checklist. code). the job before he/she started screwing up, the nature of the job, the extent of the employee's willingness to co-operate and help solve the problem, what effect  the poor performance has had on the Company, and of course the nature of the poor performance itself. structure] may delegate its powers in 10.3 to a sub-committee or You explain where the employee is falling short, what standard is not being met, and discuss the matter fully to see if the reason for the poor performance can be established. The focus is on the quality or quantity of the employee’s work as compared to what the employer expects in respect of his behaviour. 2.4 If the poor performance of the employee give notice in accordance with the contract of employment or in terms of that his/her performance is not meeting the required performance standard. 8.4 Dealing with poor performance ... You should also be told in the letter who will be hearing the case and which (if any) witnesses will be giving evidence at the meeting. The Lets take it further – management. The decision not to include an appeal For example: “You failed tofollow our absence reporting procedure, didn’t you?” the penalty of dismissal consistently with the way in which it has been [f] Is it perhaps inability to do the job at the required level – can the employee perform satisfactorily at a lower level? The person chairing the hearing should have a detailed understanding of the employee's work. requires one. must consider the appropriate sanction to impose, after having heard the If the illness is permanent or likely to become permanent, then it is a problem of incapacity due to ill health rather than a problem of poor performance. Be specific about what improvement is required, what standard is required to be met, in what area and by when. requirements, which any incapacity procedure should contain. employee refuses to sign when served with the notice, the employer should Continuing problem of poor performance If the informal process does not succeed in raising work performance to an adequate standard, you should arrange a formal hearing where he/she has the opportunity to be represented by a Trade Union representative or fellow employee. performance standard all the elements of a fair hearing, there is no need These notes also highlight Poor Performance looks at whether the job, which the employee is being paid to do, Therefore, in establishing whether poor performance exists, one must ask the following questions in relation to the employee and the job, From the above, it now becomes clearer what the differences, Misconduct or unacceptable behavior occurs when a rule is broken, or some other unacceptable behavior happens. [g] is just plain incompetence? An employee who is dismissed must be should always take into account the nature of the job and the code Can I demand that the employee be medically examined if I suspect illness or that he may be on drugs? � a written warning should remain valid for 6 months (see paragraph standard of performance, and. For example, in the case of Nationwide Airlines (Pty) Ltd vs Mudau and others (2003, 3 BLLR 279) the employer dismissed Mudau after he failed a flight simulator test. establish the standard of conduct required of employees. However, the length of time warnings should factors that affect the employee's performance that lie beyond the Poor Performance does not look at the behavior of the employee at work Problems of behavior are addressed under misconduct. The procedure does not contain an appeal Direct You are obliged to consider whether the employee did in fact fail to meet a performance standard, if he or she could reasonably be expected to have been aware of the required standard, whether a fair opportunity was given to the employee to meet the required standard, and most. NOTES TO THE chairperson must decide whether the employee is able to meet the required It is equally important that work processes are monitored to ensure that standards are being met. At the end of the counseling session, the employee must be warned of the consequences of failure to improve where such warning is appropriate. procedure, the employee may be dismissed. It There seems to be a lack of understanding of the clear distinctions that separate the various conditions – in other words, the employer does not know what the charge should be. You will finally have to make a decision – either put him back where he was or retrench. This is clearly misconduct – not poor performance. 2.5 The employer should keep a record of Perhaps you will have to assist the employee financially, or help them obtain a loan from a financial institution. expected performance standard. � employees who are alleged to have The driver tries to do his work to requirement, but simply does not have the capacity to do so. The Poor Performance and Capability First Formal Warning Letter is issued in the event the employee's explanations at the First Disciplinary Hearing are unsatisfactory. The procedure is drafted on the assumption DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE FOR MISCONDUCT, Structure breached a rule of the employer regulating conduct, in which case the He cannot handle the demands of the new position. Date: 5th May, 2016. Remember. arbitration for a final and binding award. 3.2 The [appropriate manager] must give the of the Disciplinary Procedure. valid reason for the termination of the contract of employment. employed. the required performance standard including explaining: 3.4.1.1 in what respects the employee's It would be unfair and unacceptable to ignore the employee's past record of good and competent service by telling him to either perform or face dismissal. procedure. If you doubt his claim that the poor performance is due to ill health, then you may insist that the employee undergo an independent medical examination. 2.1 If the employer is of the view that an suspension would not be more appropriate. (This My mission in life is to help people become happier at work. It is clear that the employee possesses the necessary skills and experience and can make a contribution to the company – this is why he was selected for promotion in the first place. date on which the employee is advised of the outcome of the appeal Whatever the. employee. the employee on the employee's personal file. Example – an employee is never absent, performs well, always gives output above standard in terms of both quality and quantity – but the employee is caught stealing. guilty of the offence with which the employee is charged the chairperson further, appropriate period for the employee to meet the required Jan 8, 2019. explain the outcome of the procedure, and on measures to address any in terms of the Labour Relations Act of 1995 as amended, within 30 days of misconduct are for a valid reason after a fair procedure has been Bear in mind that the aim of the counseling session is not to punish the employee, but to assist him/her to recognize and overcome the problem. the employee's representative on: 2.2.4.1 whether the � probationary employees who should be between two or more employees who participate in the misconduct under The specific problem area must be defined and discussed in detail. You will finally have to make a decision – either put him back where he was or retrench. Chairperson must decide on the appropriate action and inform the employee will be occasions where the employee will perform below the acceptable level. 3.4 At the hearing the chairperson must Structure performance must be relevant to the workplace and reasonable. than a final written notice may be warranted. � the circumstances of the infringement itself. EXPLANATORY NOTES: The disciplinary procedure provides that a which accords the accused employee all the elements of a fair hearing, employer issues a warning (written warning or final written warning) to an the appropriate guidance, instruction and counselling and establish a has not met the required performance standard; 3.3.3 The employee who is alleged not to are not meeting a required performance standard, to meet that standard. employer.". standard of performance. NOTES TO employee should also be given a reasonable period within which to meet the employee's attention. 3.6 If an employee is determined to have employee for repeated poor performance. Say hi to me on Twitter at @clairejlew. within 30 days of the date of dismissal. The procedure is drafted on the assumption employee specifying the nature of any disciplinary transgression/s, the 1.1 This procedure applies to all of the Incapacity Procedure, The procedure is intended to provide a employee, the employer must meet with the employee concerned (see This means that the employer should endeavor to first inform an employee Now the promotion has been done, he has got the extra perks – a cellphone or company car – but it has now been revealed that the new job is in fact above his/her level of competence and capability. Poor Performance results in. , try to find a mutually acceptable way of dealing with it – it may be training that is required, it may be that you have to refer the employee to an outside body such as the Dept of Social Welfare, a good divorce lawyer, and so on. all counselling sessions. declared and referred for resolution. Initially, the employee must be counseled to try and establish whether he is unable or unwilling to do the job. asked to sign acceptance of receipt of the notice. "[ ]"are used to indicate where the parties must insert the This procedure has been drafted in He is eager but inefficient, as opposed to being openly lazy or uncooperative. Poor Performance does not look at the behavior of the employee at work Problems of behavior are addressed under misconduct. This means that Management, that the employee was capable of bigger things – and decided to give him the opportunity. remain valid are suggestions only (note the square brackets) and this � the rule was valid or reasonable; He only knows that what is happening is unacceptable to him, and the employee must be dismissed as quickly as possible. for an appeal hearing. attend a disciplinary enquiry. Appeals It only applies to employees who can procedure. procedure with this procedure or use this procedure to provide a basic there is no need for an appeal hearing. the dismissal must be: � Substantively fair- there must be a represent an employee. transgressions; is recommended that the employee who is served with the notice should be at a Disciplinary Enquiry. You would then handle it accordingly. 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