Decree as an instrument of bringing order

Failed executives won’t be able to take senior positions, either in state or private business

Failed executives won’t be able to take senior positions, either in state or private business, notes President Lukashenko at the session discussing the draft decree ‘On Ramping up Efforts to Combat Mismanagement, and on Toughening Requirements to Executives at All Levels’
By Vasily Kharitonov

Failed executives won’t be able to take senior positions, either in state or private business, notes President Lukashenko at the session discussing the draft decree ‘On Ramping up Efforts to Combat Mismanagement, and on Toughening Requirements to Executives at All Levels’

Mr. Lukashenko reminded that he had instructed the Presidential Administration to prepare an exhaustive regulation to clearly define the government’s position towards those who allow failure. According to him, we cannot put up with the situation when a flawed, mediocre or dishonest executive moves from one well-paid, cushy job to another. “I’ve reiterated it numerous times,” noted the Head of State. “Today we will discuss how to outlaw this practice.”

“It’s clear that bungling executives stay afloat because of negative practices like nepotism, protectionism and the practice of covering each other’s backs. In the final run, these executives cause huge damage, not only to a company or organisation, but to the country in general. People see everything and shift their resentment to government agencies that allow such HR practices,” underlined the President.

According to the Head of State, the reason for this is inadequate accountability of executives for their performance and the choice of employees. This pertains not only to ordinary employees, but also those who cover the back of negligent executives.

The President underlined that specific tasks were set out to the developers of the decree. “Firstly, the responsibility of executives at all levels must be strict and personal,” stressed Mr. Lukashenko. “An executive shall be held responsible for the overall state of affairs in the area of responsibility or a company starting from occupational safety, order and discipline on the production floor, in the yard, warehouses, and the tidiness of the surrounding areas. For improper performance of their duties, a sloppy executive should be held responsible.”

Secondly, those executives who have failed to deliver should be barred from undertaking decision-making positions. “Introducing these restrictions, including a ban for certain categories of them, is a tough measure. However, there is no alternative if we want to establish and maintain order in the country,” underlined the President.

He also noted that, in 2012-2013, sixteen executives were struck off the personnel pool of the Head of State over discrediting activities. Another thirteen were withdrawn this year and 67 and 26 people were excluded from the national and local personnel pools respectively. “I get reports that the cases of re-appointment of such persons to senior positions in both the state-run and private organisations are many,” said Mr. Lukashenko.

The Head of State emphasised, “The point is that a dismissed executive must be banned, not only from senior public offices, but also high positions in private companies. We often see cases when a person works in the civil service and sets up several commercial structures as an alternative line of business. This is where he can escape and live happily. This means that while in the public service he does not work for the State but for himself. Therefore, we are closing this loophole here.”

Mr. Lukashenko noted that it’s necessary to establish a uniform approach to both public and private organisations to eliminate mismanagement and enhance discipline, without exceptions. The President believes that, since all these enterprises operate in our country and employ our people, the requirements must be the same for all. According to him, the discussed decree should become a powerful impetus, as well as an efficient means of bringing order in production, while enhancing the efficiency and quality of management in all branches of the economy.

The Head of State also deems it necessary to toughen requirements towards the employees’ performance.

“Of course, we toughen requirements for executives and specialists. However, it should be borne in mind that executives must have similar authority in relation to their employees,” the Head of State is convinced. “Even in Soviet times, executives were often severely punished while their subordinates were let off the hook. These things were especially commonplace before the collapse of the Soviet Union. This did harm to the personnel and organisation, alongside labour discipline.”

Therefore, Mr. Lukashenko deems it necessary to scrutinise labour legislation in this respect. “Equal requirements should be imposed on workers, farmers and executives of all levels,” demanded the President.

Mr. Lukashenko charged to improve the document within the third quarter, enabling it to come into force from the fourth quarter.

The President underlined that the decree should be balanced, compact, efficient and overwhelming.
“This document shouldn’t be a ‘fright’ in the hands of the President or some State body. Each executive, from the chair of the district executive committee to the Prime Minister, should primarily see this document as an instrument for bringing order,” the President said.
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