Human Resource

For centuries product innovation has been important to business growth and expansion, although many businesses also thrived through low-cost or customer service based differentiation, often with little real innovation.  

Company morale can be a rollercoaster ride. What goes up usually comes down. The trick is to soften the blow and to get back to a “high morale” as quickly as possible. 

Providing a customer experience that wows customers is difficult enough. Then add the stress and business of holidays along with a temporary workforce, and the task can seem nearly impossible. 

South Africa’s working fathers are entitled to paternity leave for the first time from earlier this year, and companies that offer family-friendly workplaces and employee benefits are more likely than ever to be employers of choice and ensure employee loyalty, performance and talent retention.

The #METOO movement has correctly focused public attention on inappropriate workplace conduct.

Employee enablement revolves around more than just training programmes or giving people the tools to become more efficient.

Even though the use of cannabis in the home is now legal, the potential exists for employees to arrive at work under the influence.

Traditional solutions alone can no longer fill the gaps –  it will take creative ways of problem solving.

Qualifications fraud is a big problem in South Africa and, although not prominent at executive level, it does happen. To stamp out this practice, the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Act 12 of 2019 was signed into law on the 13th of August this year. It provides that people presenting false qualifications could serve up to five years in prison.

Managing teams comprised of a range of generations is a growing challenge for leaders and, if this challenge is not constructively and proactively addressed

The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) has urged government departments and the private sector to implement measures that will prevent violence and harassment from manifesting in the workplace and society.

Even though local organisations are starting to take employee enablement more seriously, there is still much work to be done to truly transform how staff work. 

People are revolting. Some people protest about the violence against women but others are just plain revolting. 

South Africans are well-known for their participation in stokvel saving schemes where members contribute a fixed monthly amount that is paid out to a specific member on a specified date. 

The use of anti-depressants in South Africa has increased by more than 50% over the last five years. 

In today’s marketplace the crime and corruption within the business sector, and the country at large, is a real threat and concern for many South African business owners and managers. 

The 2019 Sanlam Benchmark Survey found that one-third of employers using umbrella funds have never reviewed their provider, while less than half of respondents conducted a review of their provider every one to three years.

Employment and Labour Minister TW. Nxesi said the Department aimed to increase the number of Employment Equity inspectors in order to fast track transformation.

As companies increasingly turn to retrenchments in response to pressures on their bottom line, they should beware the unintended but very real consequences that are likely to flow from a reduced staff complement, an expert warns.

A third of employees around the world say that they don’t like their workplaces - but the good news is the workplace of the future will be a lot different. 

Simply having an onboarding process for new employees is no longer good enough. Ian McAlister, General Manager of CRS Technologies, believes those organisations who make staff feel like valuable resources from the first day at the company can gain critical competitive advantage.

Similar to an individual’s view of the clear night sky, every organisation has a unique “constellation” of stars that constitutes its universe of talent and defines its competitive advantage over other organisations. 

Case law is beginning to develop the South African labour law around unfair discrimination which has arisen since the introduction of the "equal pay for equal work" provisions of the Employment Equity Act (EEA) in 2014.

The publication of the National Health Insurance Bill has resulted in much public comment as to the future of healthcare in South Africa.

Unemployment, particularly among young people, will come under the spotlight when Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi engages social partners in Limpopo.

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