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Workers Month

Date: May 19, 2017

5 common things that can easily get you fired at work

Topic: 5 common things that can easily get you fired at work (workers Month)

Interview Guidelines

1-Late Coming at work-What labour legislation to throw at late-coming employees, is this a dismissible offence, if it is how many warning can an employee get to end up being fired. (Dismissal or some other corrective measure is appropriate)

2-Using or abusing company resources for personal benefits- Company assets are meant for business, and not personal use. We all have a responsibility to protect and safeguard company assets from loss, theft, misuse and waste You should use company assets and funds for legitimate and authorized business purposes. The company does understand the need for limited and occasional use of company email, the Internet and phones for personal purposes. Taking company property from our facilities without permission is regarded as theft and could result in the termination of your employment. In addition, carelessness or waste of Company assets may also be a breach of your duty to the Company and could result in dismissal.

3- Confidential information: protection and punishment- (Revealing Company’s confidential information to the media or competitor)- A company's foundations are built on its confidential information. An involuntary leak of such sensitive information could: damage the company; Give its competitors an unfair advantage; or result in financial crisis, damage to goodwill and even bankruptcy. Therefore, protection of such information is of utmost importance. The damage that the leakage of sensitive information can do to a company is often underestimated. Therefore, it is essential - especially in light of the growing number of blatant security breaches - to keep confidential information confined within the company.

4- Sexual Harassment in the work place- Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited under the labour laws of South Africa. The Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace defines sexual harassment as “unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that violates the rights of an employee and constitutes a barrier to equity in the workplace”. In terms of this Code, sexual harassment may include physical conduct, verbal conduct and non-verbal conduct. This Code is not legally binding, but it provides useful guidance in the manner in which an employer should deal with allegations of sexual harassment, and encourages the development and implementation of policies and procedures to prevent sexual discrimination.

5-Negative Social media comments and update that might expose the company or bring it into disrepute- Sometimes, a social media faux pas is more than embarrassing. Failing to police your online behaviour could get you into big trouble at work if you’re not careful. An ill-timed tweet or a thoughtless Facebook post might earn you a stern talking-to from your boss. In the worst-case scenario, a social media blunder might cost you your job. Everyone’s heard the stories of people who’ve been fired because of their social media screw-ups. But until you find yourself in the hot seat, it’s easy to forget that your actions online may come back to haunt you.


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