Human Resource

When it comes to applying for a job, there are always a variety of factors that influence which companies you apply to and which positions you apply for.

In uncertain economic times, businesses are required to be flexible and proactive in their hiring strategies to ensure relevance.

HR Managers and company leaders have long been baffled by what drives individuals to perform and work well in teams. Different things drive people, motivate them to achieve their goals.

Intensive interviewing and background screening are necessities for many companies taking on new employees, as the need to verify a candidate’s background and reliability can mean the difference between disaster and success.

The modern-day office is barely just a building these days. With the boom of internet technologies, companies can start and grow on a global scale from the comfort of their home.

In an office full of unique individuals, there is bound to be conflict somewhere along the line.

“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities.”

A renaissance in workplace learning has arrived and more employers need to start seeing its value to grow the business’s talent pool and boost its bottom-line.

It’s quite common to not get along with everyone you meet in the workplace. Personalities clash, agendas bump heads, or coworkers just do not see eye to eye.

Recent strikes and protests regarding South Africa’s new national minimum wage have brought to the fore the challenge faced by those who were tasked with setting it.

One in four employees has been diagnosed with depression, and the country’s economic contributors aged 25 to 44 are most affected, taking more than 18 days off work due to the condition.

It is true to say that much of our identity comes from our jobs. Our economy builds on these and the types of jobs that are in demand (and their distribution and compensation) are often a proxy for what society considers important.

With 35 percent of all jobs in South Africa (almost 5.7 million jobs) currently at risk of total digital automation within a mere 7 years, the country could see a crippling effect compounded by a fragile economy and growing unemployment.


More than six million workers are expected to benefit from the National Minimum Wage when it is introduced, says Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant.

Learnability is now more important than any existing skill set. This principle is one of the most serious disruptors in the modern workplace.

A crystal ball would certainly make life easier, but in lieu of having one, planning for the inevitable is a necessity. “Many organisations fail to put succession plans in place should the unexpected happen,” says Ellené Pienaar-Carstens from consulting firm Bizmod.

According to ManpowerGroup’s 2017 Total Workforce Index, the jobless rate in South Africa is now at a 14-year high, topping 36% inclusive of the inactive unemployed labour force.

When Stephen Hawking passed away last week, the world lost an incredible human being, someone who was able to look past his physical limitations and become one of the great thinkers of our time.

Every year, the breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), the intelligence displayed by machines, become more and more astounding.

Employee Engagement has always been a topic for discussion among Leaders and the reasons for it is valid based on the importance of investing in people for growth and the challenges that business faces.

In today’s highly competitive job market, the hard work of finding and landing one’s dream job can often lead to disappointment and despondency

Expressing and receiving gratitude in the workplace makes people feel happier, fulfilled, cooperative and motivated, and ManpowerGroup South Africa’s managing director, Lyndy van den Barselaar, believes that it goes as far as to impact the bottom line.

Managers and team leaders can play a crucial role in helping employees manage workplace stress, which will lead to stronger teams and greater productivity, an expert says.

With the sea-change that has taken place in the world of work and in higher education in recent years, employers and recruiters should take the time to review their selection criteria to ensure they land the best talent for their needs, an expert says.

Millennials are not known for getting a positive report card in the workplace. While they are portrayed as being confident, innovative, adaptive and technological savvy, Millennials are also apparently “tough to manage”.


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