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Find everything related to Human Resource right here on the Skills Portal. Human Resource (HR) can be defined as "the personnel of a business or organization, regarded as a significant asset in terms of skills and abilities." We've also got the latest on Human Resource Management and ways to simply HR.


It’s the law. If you are absent from work for more than two consecutive days, or more than twice within eight weeks, you have to provide a doctor’s note to your employer, according to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA).


High interest rates, sluggish economic growth, pervasive corruption, and lack of working infrastructure are just a few of the South African hurdles that can feel insurmountable. Yet, it's in these trying times that the true mettle of a business owner is tested.


South African businesses, like those from the rest of the world, are battling a crippling technology skills shortfall. The tragedy in this country is that it is happening against the backdrop of the highest unemployment rate in the world. According to Youth Capital, more than 9,2-million young people in this country are not in employment, in school or in training, and live in households where no one works.


Organisations are prioritising background screening and talent management solutions in their efforts to identify top talent and manage the risks associated with hiring new people. This is one of the main take-outs from the 2023 Annual Background Screening index by Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), which identifies various background screening and vetting trends in South Africa’s evolving employment landscape.


In today’s competitive job market, candidates often find themselves at a crossroads: should they stay loyal to a single company and build their career over a number of years, or embrace more rapid package growth by moving frequently when the chance arrives?


Since 1994, South Africa has emerged as an African economic powerhouse with a healthcare system that was once the envy of the continent. However, the country is facing a significant medical brain drain at a time when there is clear evidence that South African medical professionals possess some of the best skills in the world and will play an important role in economic growth following the implementation of the National Health Insurance (NHI).


Once considered a powerful tool for fostering growth, development and alignment within an organisation, the relevance of employee performance reviews has become a hotly debated topic, with many human resources practitioners arguing that traditional annual performance reviews are outdated.


The practice of disciplining an employee twice for the very same infraction is called “double jeopardy”. In most cases, such practice would be found to be unfair because it both excessive and punitive instead of corrective. 
 


‘Profit starts telling you a story in terms of what to do next – or what not to do’ and ‘With the odds against you, you need people who think they can take on those odds and win.’ These are just some of the pithy words of advice offered by South Africa’s entrepreneurs in Heavy Chef’s new book, Selling Products Online.

 


In 2021, it was revealed that the South African government employed more than 1,3 million people. The government employs teachers, nurses, doctors, municipal workers, police officers and defense force members. Many people often wonder where they can find the latest government job vacancies so they can apply to work for the government. 
 


For years, job descriptions have defined how organisations are structured. This method worked well when businesses changed slowly, and employees were considered cogs in the machine. However, smart HR teams are focused more on skills, empowering employees to be agile, autonomous and perform beyond their duties.


This Women’s Month, we sat down with Jessica Hawkey, Founder and Managing Director of redAcademy to discuss her journey as a Woman in business, what her advice is for fellow females in business and why she has a passion for empowering South Africa’s youth. 


Businesses today are too preoccupied with measuring workplace productivity by managing people's time and evaluating their performance. However, this fixation often detracts from understanding customer needs and delivering quality outcomes.
 


The world is changing and fifth industrial revolution is set to be the era of human and machine collaboration. This will also have a major impact on the workplace. 


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.


Employers commonly opt for alternative and temporary resources, such as staff provided by labour brokers, to avoid direct employment of workers. This practice is known as labor brokering or outsourcing, and it has become a common trend in the modern job market. 


LinkedIn has rated creativity as the most critical skill companies need today. This is vital in a VUCA environment (Volatility, Uncertainty, Change and Ambiguity) where it does not help to look at the past for answers.


Are you tired of feeling stressed, missing important deadlines and having the feeling that you are underperforming at work? Managing your time effectively can improve your productivity at work and ensure you meet those fast-approaching deadlines. 
 


The sudden loss of income in South Africa is partly cushioned by the relief provided by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Understanding the process of claiming this relief is beneficial for all South Africans. 
 


As an employee, being called into a disciplinary hearing is never ideal. However, it is important to be well-prepared and conduct yourself professionally during the meeting.

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