Senior management needs to have a sensible Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure in one document. This ensures that your organisation complies with labour and employment laws. It assists in properly resolving disputes when employees fail to comply with acceptable levels of behaviour and performance. It reduces the risk of grievances and disputes. The CCMA and the Labour Court expect management to have such a document and to apply it consistently. It also saves time and money because fires are avoided or put out quickly.
What is a sensible Code of Conduct?
Employees need to know what is expected of them. Codes engender a culture of care and mutual respect for oneself, fellow employees, work, customers and others associated with the work environment. The code creates the measuring device for assessing fairness.
What is a practical Disciplinary Procedure?
Management needs to know what procedure to follow. There is no need to be burdened with lengthy and time-consuming procedures. Disciplinary measures should not mimic criminal trials. The function of management is to protect business interests, not to punish anyone. You need an effective and simple procedure that is easy to apply and that allows employees to respond to any allegations made about them. Disputes must be handled effectively within the organization and in a fair and consistent way. Employees have a right to be treated fairly, but fairness also applies to the enterprise itself. Your procedure should allow for dialogue and reflection by management and not imitate court proceedings.
Actions you can take
- Avoid disputes by asking us to draft a sensible and practical Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure.
- Resolve disputes by asking us to advise you on how to process disciplinary procedures fairly and correctly.
- Reduce legal risks by asking us to advise you on Labour and Employment Law
In what form is it?
- It is bespoke (we consult with you and tailor it for your purposes).
- We provide it in an editable format.
- We customise it with your branding.
What makes us different?
Having more than 50 years of practical experience practising as an attorney, advocate, and lecturer makes Graham Giles an excellent and uniquely-qualified and experienced person offering practical legal insight. He has used all that practical experience to develop a practical set of templates for the workplace and has also assisted hundreds of organisations such as yours. He knows what works.
Our Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure is easy to read and apply
We operate in a fast-paced information economy and are pressed for time and will generally only read what is relevant to us. A good code and procedure focuses on particular audiences (typically owners and managers) addressing only those issues that are absolutely essential. Employees do not read 40-page documents filled with jargon that they do not understand. Your code and procedure must be handy and easy to understand and apply.