Human Resource

The increase in adoption and integration of payroll software into the workplace represents a significant step forward in the quest for effective management, calculation and processing of payroll. The rate of adoption of software solutions is such that a comprehensive "entrance-to-exit’ product range does add immediate value.

Does your business consider its investment in its Intranet as more than a marketing tool? Have you considered that your Intranet could be a powerful tool to communicate Legal, Safety, Industrial Relations or Quality issues to your workforce?
Rival industrial have some advice on making your intranet more closely linked to you HR, skills and training requirements.

With winter around the corner HR departments are scratching their heads trying to assess the impact the change of season will have on their workforce. Traditionally winter brings a higher incidence of absenteeism and to a lesser degree presenteeism (The employee arrives but is less productive). Rival Wellness has some ideas about how HR departments can respond.

Frequent and thorough audits of the HR function in business is a sure method of improving the maturity of this area of a company’s operation says Teryl Schroenn, MD at Accsys, a provider of HR and payroll management solutions. "HR maturity is linked to the stages of an organisation’s development cycle. To accurately assess the level of HR maturity within a company or business, HR departments rely on a Human Recourses Audit or assessment. It is also used to evaluate the HR department’s own efficiency,' says Schroenn.

Western Cape MEC Marius Fransman put the cat amongst the pigeons when he proposed a three-year moratorium on affirmative action. Fransman claimed that the policy was making it difficult to meet economic goals and he wanted to recruit white skilled workers. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was clear in his response: "affirmative action will never repealed, but will be intensified instead!'

Many "homecomers’ think that their overseas experience will provide the edge in landing a great job in SA but, the reality is, without local market knowledge, a surprising number of international high-flyers battle to perform in the SA workplace. Madge Gibson, Senior Associate at Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, has some tips for those coming home to the SA job market.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has refuted claims that it is planning to cut down the number of white officers from service by offering them severance packages. "Our recruitment drive is an indication that we have not planned to reduce the number of white officers,' she SAPS spokesperson Director Sally de Beer.

What is the purpose of skills training? Some would argue that it is to uplift people - but Malcolm Birkin would disagree. "Our objective has to be to achieve higher rates of economic growth linked to dramatically improved levels of job creation. If we do not create jobs we will fail to uplift people, and no matter how good our training programmes may be, we will have succeeded only in creating better trained unemployed".

There is an art to CV writing that even top executives get wrong from time to time. "They often don’t consider the balance between excessive detail, which can make a CV too lengthy, and excessive summary, which may make it difficult for the employer to appreciate the range, depth and scope of their experience. Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, MD of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters offers some tips to ensure your CV stays at the top of the candidate pile.

Your may be the greatest "schmoozer' a company has ever seen, but without being able to deliver on the deal, your networking talents are wasted in the corporate world. Debbie Goodman explores what companies really want from their top employees.

Another wonderful year ahead in South Africa has begun. Another year for job opportunities and career moves. A career plan involves a number of key factors, one of which is the CV. Do you have a current CV? Does it include updated KPAs and/or any relevant accolades and accomplishments? The Worksquad have some advice for you.

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released, employers across all sectors of the South African labor market have optimistic expectations for the first quarter of 2008, although hiring expectations are 4 percentage points weaker than the fourth quarter of 2007

You opened up internet and email access to all your employees to improve their productivity - so why are they now spending the equivalent of one week per month dealing with emails? Can they really all be work-related? And how do you ensure that all your managers know how to use internet research to gain competitive advantage? Peter van der Schyff has some Netiquette rules that will ensure your internet connection is used to best advantage of your business.

Settling in to a new job or position is never easy - and it doesn't get any easier as you get higher up in the organisation. Executives are expected to hit the ground running with no time for getting to know the job. Debbie Goodman, of Jack Hammer Executive Headhunters, has some tips that will help anyone move from 'outsider' to 'one of the team', as quickly as possible.

Any HR manager will tell you that a competent, qualified payroll administrator is a major asset to a company. Teryl Schroenn, MD of Accyss, explains that registered qualifications are now in place for payroll administration to make it easer to identify competent people. If your payroll administrator is only 70% competent is that really enough? Who would want to be treated by a 70% competent doctor?

Leaders of the HR community have paid tribute to Shaun Schwanzer, the president of the HR Council, who died last week. "He was regarded with great affection by many across the South African HR community and the HR community has lost one of its most passionate and committed role players".

Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of the Services Seta, has paid tribute to the late Shaun Schwanzer as, "a true human resources practitioner and professional who will be sorely missed. He wanted Human Resource Professionals to become accountable for their actions, not only to their Employers, but specifically to the Profession as a well self-regulated and officially acknowledge structure responsible to the Minister of Labour for their actions and behaviours".

At the 3rd Annual HR Africa Summit, held recently in Sandton, three large South African companies were in the running for the conference?s award for excellence in HR practice.

Does your company have a performance management system? And if it does is it more about the procedures and filling in the forms correctly than about actually assessing workplace performance? We look at the ins and outs of performance appraisals and how then can be used effectively to improve personal and company performance.

Sometimes we can get so engrossed in the details, paperwork and procedures that our minds wander from the original point of what we set out to achieve. Sarah Babb argues that if we put aside all the compliance issues for a moment we can focus on the original intention of skills development - making a difference in learners' lives and increasing the national skills competence of our nation.

When communicating within the company it is cheap to copy all members of staff on all correspondence - but that doesn't mean its a good idea. Terri Brown from Actuate explains why it is just as important with internal communication to segment your market and avoid wastage.

Workforce has successfully listed on Altx, the JSE board for smaller companies with significant growth potential. "We are very pleased to have reached this milestone, taking us into a new era for the company as a listed entity," said Ronny Katz, Chairman and CEO of Workforce. The company specialises in staff outsourcing, recruitment and human resource support services.

The new year is set to see a more intensified fight against employment equity violators, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has said. "The issue of employment equity violation is going to be my project next year,' he said, adding that employment equity reports indicated that 11 years into democracy, there had been little change to equity profiles in management.

RCA Consulting, a specialist family-owned recruitment firm, has joined forces with MVN Holdings in a BEE deal that is set to break new ground in the industry. Moses Ngobeni from MVN believes he has the answer to recruiting black professionals. "It is a common theme among recruiters that black talent is hard to find but we believe that the problem is they are just not looking in the right place,' he says.

We are approaching the time of year when employers historically offer a 13th cheque or a year end bonus. This has become the norm and employees are eagerly awaiting their bonus whether deserved of not. "But is it right?" asks Des Squire, who proposes that increases and bonuses should be based on input and merit.


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