Human Resource


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.

South Africa's unemployment rate has hit a record high of 35.3% - the highest level since Statistics South Africa's first Quarterly Labour Force Survey in 2008. What this means is that 7.9-million people remain jobless. So, how do we, as a country, rectify this?

Human resources is a career field with a lot of potential. It offers several different types of jobs, and it provides you with the chance to help employees in a variety of ways. If you've been considering a career that allows you to serve the employees of a company, then pursuing a job in human resources might be the right choice for you.

As the world of work continues to evolve, so do the responsibilities and functions of a human resource professional. It's important to have a clear understanding of what a career in HR management entails before deciding if it's right for you.

For the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has placed communications technology in the epicentre of modern human activity. 

Climate change and sustainability are forcing people to think differently and, as a result, stakeholder priorities are changing. Increasingly, stakeholders are demanding more from organisations than a commitment to short-term profitability. 

On 18 March 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour (Minister) published the ‘Code of Good Practice on the Prevention of Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace’ (Harassment Code). The Harassment Code is effective from 18 March 2022. The Minister has, simultaneously, repealed the ‘Amended Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace’.

Everyone has the right to a basic education, including adult education. This implies that everyone has the right to literacy and numeracy, the essential skills necessary to participate in society, and to find and retain work. 

Double Jeopardy occurs where an employee is punished twice for the same incident of misconduct or poor performance. Normally, such discipline would be found to be unfair. However, one view is that a second disciplinary process might be justified if the employer is able to present evidence that:

Many people are stuck in situations where someone has wronged them but they don't know what to do. If this is the case, you may be able to approach the small claims court to sort out the dispute. 

A recent study undertaken by IQbusiness in September 2021 found that more than 66% of office-based employees may be suffering from excessive stress, anxiety and depression. 

In common law employers and employees have the obligation to treat each other fairly and within the law. 

Employee engagement has been a source of discussion in the business world for many years. However, it is only recently that organisations have begun to take it more seriously and try to figure out how to improve employee engagement.

Employee engagement is how employees feel about their work and workplace. It’s the level of commitment, motivation, and passion employees have for their jobs and company.

If you’re trying to create a cohesive and collaborative work environment, having happy employees is fundamental. When your employees have improved wellbeing, they will feel more comfortable in their surroundings and be more confident in their abilities. When staff are happy and well, they are friendlier and more approachable which helps contribute to a positive atmosphere in the office. Having healthy relationships with colleagues can make all the difference when it comes to productivity.

Employee wellness programs have been hailed as one of the most effective ways to improve a company's overall health and keep it running smoothly. While there are many different opinions on what makes a successful, effective employee wellness program, there are several key elements all managers should include.

Employees are a business's greatest asset - they're your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company's mission. Employee wellbeing is important.

As thousands of tertiary students across the country have embarked on the new academic year, research at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has found that the certificates and degrees they aim to earn may have little impact on South Africa's economic performance.

Coaching has firm foundations in psychology, especially where they intersect around mental well-being, behaviour change and optimising performance.  

The Constitutional Court's dismissal, in late February 2022, of the public service unions' appeal over the 2018 wage agreement with the South African government marks the end of a long legal battle that began in 2018. 

As more and more South African schools work towards improving their tech offering in response to the need to prepare students for the future of work, parents should ensure they get a solid understanding of what is required from a high quality, holistic EdTech programme, an academic education expert says.

South Africa has a limited window of opportunity to reset the economy and build a stronger base for sustained long-term growth – seizing it will require rebuilding business and investor confidence by moving swiftly to implementation of the economic reforms outlined in Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana's 2022 Budget speech.