Human Resource

As we reflect on workers' rights over this month, it is important to highlight some of
the
difficulties that people face in their search for employment. The Manpower Group
takes a look at the high levels of unemployment that have lead to more people
looking
for opportunities outside of and further from their places of dwelling.

The mismanagement of personal finances often places workers at a disadvantage
when entering the wage negotiation room. This is one of the underlying factors that
lead the Marikana massacre. A national programme is needed to educate
all South Africans on financial management.

Do you really know your job applicant? As the economy comes under increased
pressure job seekers are becoming more desperate and resorting to ever more illegal
and dishonest means of obtaining employment.

The recent string of tragedies brought on by poor industrial relations in South Africa
demonstrate the need for businesses to work alongside unions. Liza Van Wyk shares
some tips to help business and unions achieve better negotiations this labour season.

When organizations develop and implement a thoughtful employer-of-choice strategy,
they can realize business objectives as well as positive outcomes for employees.
Andrew Davies presents the business case for becoming an employer-of-choice.

The slightest cultural differences within a work context may have a large impact on
business relationships and practices. It is essential to obtain expert advice if you
intend on dealing with different peoples, regardless of how well you think you
know the business.

More black professionals are occupying top management positions according to the
2013 Employment Equity report. Despite this increase Minister Mildred Oliphant
expressed concern at the overall low levels of blacks occupying management
positions.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited has rejected reports that the planned upgrades along the N1-N2 Winelands route will affect the poor communities along the route saying these reports are misleading.

If young people do not receive sufficient support, South Africa will be in danger of
missing out on one of its greatest assets. Government and business must join
together
to nurture this crucial segment of our population, says Linda Ronnie.

Cyber crime is growing and enterprise information seems to be the primary target.
Staying ahead of potential attacks and mitigating the risks is now as much the
responsibility of business management as it is of the IT department.

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