By now, you all know that I have an opinion about everything right? Well if you didn’t know, now you know!
Well I have a lot to say about corporate governance in the private, public sector. I am blessed because I have worked for a small company, a very large one and now a government sub department. The way in which things are run the different sectors is quite fascinating. The processes and procedure laid out for each company type structures are pretty much similar but communication is a huge differentiating factor. For example if your printer breaks down in a small company, you go directly to the office manager or send her email to notify her, she will either come and try to fix it or call the supplier and blah blah blah, basically you could get your printer fixed the next day or before the end of the week! Now is a huge national company the process is quite long, firstly you’d have to call your office administrator, she will then have to call the regional procurement office, they contact the national office, the national procurement office will then outsource a technician, or call the supplier, then the process reverses all over again which could take a month or two to get a new printer or fix it. You can imagine how this has affected the employees’ productivity… Now in a government organization things are slightly different as well, you printer breaks down, you notify the operations assistance, she informs the manager or procurement officer, the procurement officer then requests quotes from at least three BEE certified suppliers. She then arranges for a tender committee to looks for the most suitable provider, after this gruesome but very necessary process they then appoint arrange for a tender briefing session with all the suppliers. The next step is the to appoint a suitable supplier, the supplier is then notified and depending how efficient the supplier is, then a printer will be bought or fixed…please do bear this in mind when dealing with a government employee…sometimes the work flow process slows them down! Now I often sit back and think…Really? Really? Is this necessary? I don’t have the answer to that yet…Don’t think I want the answer!
Working for each of these difference company structures has it cons and cons, such as; I will list them as follows:
1. Unstable working environment, emotionally taxing, as you often worry about how well the company is doing and your place in the future of the company should it thrive or not.
2. No benefits
Most small companies do not offer benefits such as medical aid, pension fund, car allowance etc.
3. Labour relations
Often small companies do not have an HR manager, this leads to unfair labour practices and generally bad working relationships
4. Bad management
As with most small companies they are normal family run, and most often there aren’t proper development or talent management structures in place, managerial positions are awarded to family to keep the business in the family, disregarding whether the appointed person is competent or not. The succession plan is usually a disaster! Management operates on the ‘my- way- or- the- highway’ principle.
LARGE NATIONAL COMPANY
1. Protocol!!! #thatsall
2. Limit in terms of how you want your benefits structured. E.g. you know there’s a cheaper medical aid but you can’t take it because the company has an in-house medical aid that is utterly expensive and does not suit your lifestyle
3. You have an amazing idea that could change how business is done but alas!!! It’s not your place to say, and if you do say something, who the eff are you? And well if the big bosses like you idea, somebody takes all the credit…#Bummer
Like that #awkwardmoment when a client asks you about an advert for a product your company has but you know jack about it!
5. Restrictions on your personal choices
Most large companies are very strict on their employee’s behaviour on social media; you could get fired for letting out your work frustrations, bitterness and anger on social media. You cannot comment on controversial issues as often your opinion is closely linked to the opinion of the company. To people out there you are representative of your company at all times! Tip: Mash says don’t use your real name if you really must be let out your emotions on social media. Again, if you take it on social media, you’ve probably made things very worse for yourself. Dr Phil says, if you do/say something that you wouldn’t otherwise say in front of your partner then you’re cheating. I believe same rules apply. Don’t skinner and gossip about your company on social media, all those ‘likes’ and ‘retweets’ aren’t going to pay rent. Communication is key!
1. Laziness #NeedISayMore
I swear it’s contagious, everybody just drags their feet, there’s no sense of urgency! Even if there one or two efficient people in the department, their contribution makes no difference is any type of service delivery required team work. Plus you know what they say…when in Rome…
Most government employees are unhappy about the salaries and often wish to work for the private sector. (Though most people in the private sector are dying to work for the government).
3. Political Alliance
This is purely based on assumption, my own at that. I’ve have always believed that government employees are affiliated with the ruling party…blame it on the parties promise for jobs… (That’s another topic for another day). I feel like they’re basically saying “the are jobs available, but only if you’re a member of a certain party” Again my humble and uninformed opinion!
3. Talent Management
This is based on my observation and nothing more, we all know of that one person who has been a clerk forever in a government department right? Don’t know if it’s the people per se but dear Lord can’t imagine being on a junior position for more than five years…Any position for that matter. Growth is key!
That’s Dix Madika’s two cents worth