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As the world emerges from the pandemic, employers must decide whether to continue allowing their employees to work remotely or force them to return to the office. Many believe that a move back to the office is the best way to ensure effective collaboration between workers while safeguarding the company culture.


Finance and data specialist Liau Kekana, 26, is working from one of the most remote places on Earth: the tiny mountain kingdom in the sky, also known as Lesotho. Although many might struggle to point out Lesotho’s exact location on a map, Liau has high-speed internet, a Netflix account and access to the finest data software tools in the mathematical finance industry. 


The growing popularity of working from home may be halted due to rolling blackouts in South Africa. This is because the ongoing power cuts may negatively impact productivity of staff working from the comfort of their homes.

 


As the world of work changed post-pandemic, so have the priorities of many working people who seek a better work-life balance. In recognition of the fact that many positions don’t require 9-5 in-person attendance, companies have increasingly been introducing hybrid work models, or even fully remote roles.


Working from home has become increasingly popular for individuals whose careers allow them to. However, just because an employee is working from home does not mean they will not sustain workplace or work-related injuries.

 


It is a fact that Covid-related disruption to the workplace has given rise to a hybrid work model, a flexible arrangement whereby staff are allowed to work some of the time at home and some of the time at the office.

 


The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in a national lockdown and thousands of employees had to work from home. However, companies around South Africa are still split on whether to continue where they left off before the pandemic or adopt a new approach to work.  

 


The unprecedented nature of the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in many workers around South Africa having to work from home. While this may have been strange at first, many workers prefer working from home and what it may entail.

 


As businesses try to manage the realities of the post-pandemic workplace, they are being forced to deal with issues such as tax and HR regulation of digital nomads.

 


Workplaces don’t look the way they used to. But even as businesses have mostly adopted a hybrid approach where people juggle working remotely, many employers are eager to bring their staff back to the office on a permanent basis.

 


With hybrid work, the workplace is no longer inside the four walls of the corporate office—it's an ecosystem of employees working from home, in coworking spaces, and the office.


Are your employees working longer hours and taking on more work now that they're working from home?


Why is Human Resources (HR) so important in the workplace? HR is responsible for the policy of “performance” management. It monitors, evaluates and supports an organisation's workforce.


Human resources is the most important department in any company. It is the central hub for all of the employees and everything that they do. The HR department is responsible for recruiting and hiring, on-boarding, compensation and benefits, employee performance management, training and company culture.


A career in human resources can be a rewarding and enriching experience. It offers a way to improve the lives of others, while at the same time making a difference in the world. 


October 2021 is Mental Health Awareness Month, and according to the SA Society of Psychiatrists, “Mental health is the biggest threat in 2021.” When the global pandemic Covid-19 hit, it brought along the physical illness, coupled with increased mental health problems which naturally spilled over to the workplace.


New and different careers are emerging as the wants and needs of people change, find your place in an evolving job market.


Is it possible to get hired without having the relevant work experience? Yes, ofcourse it is.


Flexibility reigns in the COVID-19-era of remote working, driving trends such as semigration where professionals can escape the big city for the coast or countryside without taking a pay cut. However, with this inherent flexibility comes the assumption that, since an employee’s workplace is conveniently situated wherever they are, they are easily able to work outside of what would in the past have been considered as office or working hours. Welcome to the always-on culture. 


One of the major legacies of the pandemic is an expectation by workers that they will be allowed to work remotely more often, according to a new study Decoding Global Ways of Working by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network, including local partner organisation CareerJunction, which included almost 209,000 participants in 190 countries and 1,421 in South Africa. It’s the second in a series of publications that BCG and The Network are releasing about the pandemic’s impact on worker preferences and expectations.

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