Clear rules and guidelines is the foundation of any productive and well functioning workplace. As a result there will be less friction and misunderstanding in the workplace. It is extremely important that the employees are aware of and understand the employer’s rules and guidelines.
Where does South Africa stand?
The South African labour market is rightly regarded as highly regulated. This view is affirmed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report of 2016/2017. The most problematic factor for doing business in South Africa in general, is the restrictive labour relations.
The report rates South Africa as follows:
- 135th out of 138 countries in terms of hiring and firing practices.
- 98th out of 138 countries in terms of pay and productivity.
- 138th out of 138 countries in terms of cooperation in labour-employer relations.
It is clearly crucial for every employer to continuously comply with labour legislation.