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Posted by: jenni | 2010-10-22

job description

we own a small business and have 4 people ( 2 teams) on our books. these people were all trained on the job, don''t have job descriptions in their contracts, and were unskilled when they started working here. Over the last week we have encountered a problem as there has not been enough work for both teams. On Monday morning we explained the situation to the junior team and suggested they come back and work at our house ( garden work, odd jobs etc) at their normal remuneration, hours etc. until work comes in. They said they don''t want to work if their usual work is not available. They said they would rather go home until there is work that they would be happy doing. We told them if that was what they preferred we would let them go, but cannot pay them to sit at home. Now, after 5 days of offering them odd jobs, they want retrenchment packages. We are not retrenching them as the situation is bound to turn before december, and we feel that we have work, but they feel it is beneath them to do it. They are on permanent staff, but are employed under the category of " general labour" .
what shouold we do?
What should we do, as they also complain if they have to stand around at the office when business is slow?

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re: Job Description

It is always good to have a job description in writing so that everyone knows what is expected of them.

You need to have everyone on contract for a short period of time otherwise there could be a problem when you ask them to leave. They have not been there long enough to get retrenchment packages but unfortunately they have to go through the process of retrenchment.

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Posted by: Whena | 2010-10-28

You are offering them alternative employment instead of retrenching. They are refusing. You can retrench

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