Three strikes!

Three strikes. In one particular sport, a player is given three chances to make mistakes. Not one but three.

First mistake, stay on, assess what went wrong, how to right it, try one more time. Second mistake, you are still okay. Stay on, try again. But remember: this is your last chance. Third one you fumble, you get Strike Three, and you.are.out.

In our daily work, how many times do we give our subordinate (oh okay, our associate, team member) the chance to make mistakes before he/she is given “Out!!” Do we call the fellow and tell him/her “Look, those mistakes cannot be accepted, here is your Notice”?

What do we do – as the fellow’s boss/manager/team leader/senior associate – to make sure he/she does not repeat the mistake? Do we discuss with the guy, do we advise or counsel or lead or show the correct way? Do we assess his/her weak aspect(s) and try to reduce the gap?

Or do we just let him/her get on with it, hoping he/she will not make another mistake?

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Bunuh diri di Jepun

Kadar kejadian bunuh diri (suicide) di Jepun dikatakan yang paling tinggi di kalangan negara maju dunia iaitu 18.5 kes bagi setiap 100,000 penduduk.

Statistik menunjukkan bahawa 20,000 orang membunuh diri setiap tahun. Tahun lepas saja misalnya, 21,897 orang rakyat Jepun membunuh diri. Ia masih dianggap kritikal oleh Kerajaan Jepun walaupun angka itu jauh menurun berbanding 34,427 kejadian bunuh diri dalam tahun 2003.

Kerajaan Jepun mahukan kadar bunuh diri diturunkan kepada nisbah 13.0 dalam tahun 2025. Untuk itu satu plan tindakan telah diluluskan oleh kerajaan, termasuklah mengurangkan jumlah jam bekerja di firma, pejabat dan kilang, kerana faktor “over-worked” dikenalpasti sebagai faktor utama menyumbang kepada kejadian bunuh diri itu. Satu lagi faktor ialah tekanan melampau oleh para orang atasan ke atas pekerja bawahan mereka.

Menjadi kebiasaan bagi pekerja di Jepun bekerja overtime selama lebih dari 100 jam sebulan tanpa rela mereka. Amalan ini juga sedang dikekang.

Semoga plan tindakan kerajaan Jepun ini berjaya mencapai matlamatnya demi kesejahteraan dan kualiti hidup yang lebih baik bagi kaum pekerja.

 

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Employer’s duties and responsibilities: Income Tax payment

Just a short note on the subject of Employer’s Duties and Responsibilities re: payment of Income Tax.

An employer has many duties and responsibilities. Many things he must comply with. One such matter he must comply with without fail nor without excuses: to deduct his employees’ salaries for income tax purposes and then to remit the payment to the income tax department (LHDN).

Failure to do so would incur the legal wrath of LHDN.

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So employers – directors and senior management – please always be aware of this matter. And please ensure your company performs the required legal duties.

 

 

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