An evaluation of the proposed organisation restructuring at Kadoma city, 2015
Introduction: Restructuring is the corporate management term for the act of reorganizing the legal, operational, or other structures of a company for the purpose of making it more profitable or better organized for its present needs. However, preparing an organization to accept and welcome any change is crucial. There is concern though over poor service delivery, untimely payment of workers, top management structure which is thought to be top heavy and employee costs taking (58%) of total expenditure.
Methods: A descriptive cross sectional study was carried out. A cost benefit analysis was used to assess the cost and benefits of the proposed retrenchment exercise. A descriptive cross sectional study survey was conducted to assess the workers’ perceptions towards the proposed restructuring exercise. A pretested self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection and data were analysed using EpiInfoTM (CDC 2012).Written informed consent was obtained from all study participants.
Results: Sixty nine percent of the respondents were males. The median years working for the organisation was 8 years (Q1=1; Q3=17). The total income was surpassed by expenditure with USD$11 000 and 52% of expenditures was going towards employment costs. A midyear financial review showed that 1% was channeled towards capital expenditure 2% on repairs and maintenance and employee costs accounting to 58% of all incurred expenditure. Current departmental salary budget amounted to USD 3,3million dollars. Estimated salary costs for the proposed departmental structures amount to USD 3,8 million dollars. Comparison of the current and proposed structure showed that the proposed structure costs USD$486 000 more. Projected benefits of the proposed structure aims to improve service delivery from 60%-85% . Unlike managers, lower levels workers did not want the exercise to be carried out.
Conclusion: The proposed structure has higher costs than the current structure but with more benefits in terms of service delivery. Generally workers perceived restructuring negatively and did not want it done.
Keywords: Restructuring, service delivery, Kadoma city council employees