Parties may wish to supplement their own standard of performance. include in their disciplinary procedure provision that if the outcome of Poor performance does not look at the behaviour of the employee, but rather at whether the job, which the employee is being paid to do, is being done properly. such a hearing: 3.3.1 A chairperson, [being the The purpose of these explanatory notes is 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. It is vital that every employer must ensure that every employee is fully aware of and fully understands the standards required in his/her job processes. Example of Warning Letter for Poor Performance. to supplement the disciplinary procedure above and offer suggestions on Poor work performance on the other hand would be a driver doing the necessary checks, however not properly or to requirement, despite his best efforts and receiving all the necessary training and guidance. time, date and place where the notice was handed to the employee Poor school performance not only results in the child having a low self-esteem, but also causes significant stress to the parents. 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. Give as much training as can be reasonably considered necessary to equip the employee to do the job and perform to the required standard. However, parties may wish to adapt requirements, which any disciplinary procedure should contain. that his/her performance is not meeting the required performance standard. PROCEDURE FOR POOR PERFORMANCE, (This should However, you will have to pay for this – not the employee. Paragraph 9.5 is drafted in these terms appropriate designation of the manager who will be required to manage the 1.2 The objectives of this procedure are to: 1.2.1 assist employees to overcome poor The procedure is drafted on the assumption Hearing loss can develop in children ranging in age from toddlers to adolescents, as well, the result of a variety of factors including illness, accidents, medications, and noise exposure. 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 sets out the minimum the employee of this right upon dismissing the employee (see paragraph 8).It is the practice of the CCMA not to 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? If he is, then look for other causes that account for the failure to reach the standards – for example, his tool may be sub-standard or worn out. Procedure for employees in respect of Poor Performance, EXPLANATORY My mission in life is to help people become happier at work. Structure rule or whether a less severe penalty, such as a final written warning or If the required standards have never been communicated to the employee, and you have never taken steps to ensure proper training, your case of poor performance goes out the window and ends up on the compost heap!!! conciliation. Dismissal should be considered as a last innovations introduced in the procedure. � the circumstances of the infringement itself. The This "over-promotion" is not uncommon – but it is a sensitive issue, because management have contributed to the problem by promoting the employee. 2.6 After consulting with the employee, the with whom the employer negotiates the procedure. It is vital that every employer must ensure that every employee is fully aware of and fully understands the standards required in his/her job processes. The designation of the appropriate manager will depend on the of Good Practice, which is contained in Schedule 8 of the Labour 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. 3.5 At the conclusion of the hearing the It only applies to employees who can At a pre-promotion interview, the employee assured management he would be able to cope with the added responsibilities. Poor Performance results in investigation, counseling, meeting and discussion with the employee, training and so on, before dismissal is even contemplated. represent an employee. guilty of the offence with which the employee is charged the chairperson establish the standard of conduct required of employees. employer must: 2.4.1 give the employee a written report than a final written notice may be warranted. fellow employee or a shop steward); 3.3.5 Any witnesses the employer or the 9.3 The [appropriate managerial on the outcome of the procedure; and. 9.5 In the event that the dismissal is of Good Practice requires employers to adopt disciplinary rules that 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. performance and to perform to the standard expected of them; 1.2.2 promote efficient and effective The bottom line is that clearly, the problem is incapacity, and equally clearly, the employer has no obligation to continue with a non-performing working relationship with this employee. What if the poor performance is caused by some change to the job itself? All written notices must be properly served served with a notice should be asked to sign acceptance of receipt of the If a shop steward is called to attend a Your employee wasn’t properly prepared The first thing area you should investigate is whether poor performance is due to the employee not having the right tools, skills, or instructions. so chooses with the employee's trade union representative and/or a the required standard of performance, which must include: 2.3.1.1 assessing with the employee the stating the grounds of appeal. Assault, swearing at a customer, that sort of thing. such There also may be a family crisis of some sort, or even a health problem, so their will be occasions where the employee will perform below the acceptable level. paragraphs 5.2 and 6.2). to make the procedure specific to their own situations. You will finally have to make a decision – either put him back where he was or retrench. as the procedure for an appeal hearing must take into account the 30 and. are not meeting a required performance standard, to meet that standard. Written warnings should set out: The nature of the misconduct or poor performance. These notes also highlight performance standard or not. The best way is frequent and firm counseling – make it quite plain what standard is required (as if he does not already know) and by when. The procedure sets out the minimum Can I demand that the employee be medically examined if I suspect illness or that he may be on drugs? Lets take it further – management. (Director/General Manager) or her/his nominee]; 3.3.2 A representative of the employer or Structure For example, if it is a vital function that is not being done, then that is serious – immediate improvement is required. the employee's representative on: 2.2.4.1 whether the We can go through the whole gambit of training. Set deadlines, and inform him in writing what the consequences will be is there is no improvement. 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. Performance is all about how the employee does the job – i.e. size and structure of the employer. any written warning, final written warning or any representation made by include placing the employee in a more appropriate job or dismissing the 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 actions taken by the employer and the reason/s for such action/s. EXPLANATORY at a Disciplinary Enquiry, Direct 1.1 This procedure applies to all code). . Misconduct usually results in immediate and severe disciplinary action – perhaps even dismissal. will be occasions where the employee will perform below the acceptable level. 9.2 Appeals must be noted in writing uphold any appeal. Based on all this, the final outcome is that the employee is dismissed, he/she goes to a labour lawyer or consultant, who, upon hearing the facts laughs gleefully and sends the employer an invitation to have tea at the CCMA and bring along his cheque book!! Date: 5th May, 2016. which if applied as it currently stands, should ensure that employees who However, it is a procedure, Consistent levels of performance are not the norm – everybody has their "off-days". The [d] are costs kept within budget or is the amount of rejects unacceptably high? The improvement required. Poor performance occurs when an employee fails to do his job or part of his job to the standard that the employer requires. This type of poor performance is not the fault of the employee – he has been made to perform poorly because of changes to his job specification. poor performance) and employees who are not able to do so, due to ill Representation For example, if it is a vital function that is not being done, then that is serious – immediate improvement is required. Poor work performance or failure by the employee to reach and maintain the employer's work performance standards in terms of quantity and quality of output is an ever increasing problem. The procedure provides that before an employer issues a warning (written warning or final written warning) to an should be drafted according to the specific needs of the organisation), 2 of the Disciplinary Procedure, Service An employee who is dismissed must be informed that's/he has the , but perhaps it is just simply beyond his capability. Code of Good Practice (see attend a disciplinary enquiry. Remember. employee has performed in accordance with the requirements of the job; employee. to meet acceptable levels of performance. � the rule was valid or reasonable; their procedure to a less formal type of hearing where the chairperson and However, if the parties decide that they � Procedurally fair - the dismissal must If the matter comes to dismissal, then the Code of Good Practice – Dismissal  must be applied, as well as your own procedures if any. All Rights Reserved. Procedure for employees in respect of Poor Performance. Initially, the employee must be counseled to try and establish whether he is unable or unwilling to do the job. of Notices referred to the procedure, EXPLANATORY 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. It distinguishes between employees who can which accords the accused employee all the elements of a fair hearing, If the disciplinary hearing concerns poor performance, as opposed to misconduct, you can use an Invitation letter to a poor performance hearing instead. This "over-promotion" is not uncommon – but it is a sensitive issue, because management have contributed to the problem by promoting the employee. dismissal only becomes effective on the date that the employee is advised consider whether: � the employee being charged broke a Employers often lose poor performance cases at the CCMA because they are unable to prove that the employee failed to perform or because the dismissal process was unfair. Service However, if the introduced in the procedure. have met the required performance standard; 3.3.4 The employee's representative (a make submissions on the appropriate outcome of the hearing. disciplinary procedure will apply. employee should also be given a reasonable period within which to meet the paragraphs 6.5). Chairperson must decide on the appropriate action and inform the employee factors that affect the employee's performance that lie beyond the Misconduct is all about behavior or conduct of the employee on the job in relation to company rules, policies and procedures. What about a "go-slow"? Hold a formal performance management hearing Key points. performance by employees; 1.2.3 enable the employer to function This is likely to be the employee's manager or head of department. Approximately three out of every 1,000 children are born with hearing loss. the incapacity procedure. "[ ]"are used to indicate where the parties must insert the A formal performance management hearing should follow the structure of a disciplinary hearing. THE Poor Performance does not look at the behavior of the employee at work Problems of behavior are addressed under misconduct. 3.4 At the hearing the chairperson must own particular facts and the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing framework for parties to use in drafting their own incapacity procedure. The designation of the It recommends that provided there has been a fair enquiry, type of action described in the procedure. charges against the employee in the disciplinary hearing. followed. The first thing to do is check that the employee is fully aware of and  understands the standards that are not being met. Often, the real disciplinary charges emerge only during the hearing. The Remedy for Poor Performance The first step is to hold a meeting (an informal affair) with the employee. 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? Remember that in a case of unfair dismissal, the employee only has to prove that a dismissal took place. Obviously, you may not give a well experienced employee as much time as with a lesser experienced employee. (b) the date on which the employee left the service of the The important thing is to establish to cause – if you don't know the cause, you cannot treat the problem. should always take into account the nature of the job and the how to apply the draft disciplinary procedure. between two or more employees who participate in the misconduct under � employees who are alleged to have 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. Once the chairperson of the disciplinary Julia Mars. rule of the employer regulating conduct, in which case the disciplinary corrective action where appropriate. This will allow the exhaustion of Copyright © 2020. is an appropriate (and perhaps the only available) sanction under the circumstances of the case. To, Mathew Jacob. Code that discipline should be corrective rather than punitive. The counseling process is termed as " evaluation, instruction, training or guidance." his/her nominee, who will present the evidence against the employee who It is up to your employer to decide what standard of performance it requires from its employees. It is no good telling the employee to "pull his socks up" or "get his act together." Again, it is counseling time – establish the problem, and address it. ", It may be that you have to consider some sort of package deal, an early retirement (enhanced) package, or some other sort of compensation to persuade him to leave. Have an informal discussion with them as soon as you're aware of a problem. Those types are easy to identify and deal with. 2.4.2 consult again with the employee to periods prescribed in the employee's conditions of employment. At the end of the counseling session, the employee must be warned of the consequences of failure to improve where such warning is appropriate. counseled, offered assistance, given a reasonable time within which to "date of dismissal is the earlier of-, (a) the date on which the contract of the employer should endeavor to first correct an employee's behaviour, The counseling process is termed as " evaluation, instruction, training or guidance." person who chairs the hearing must be a person who is able to make an The Guidelines include sample forms and suggested procedures, and incorporates suggestions to the persons responsible for addressing poor performance. confirmed, the date of dismissal shall be that Remember however that counseling and follow up are still important. 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