Human Resource

Time theft happens daily and can have a crippling affect on the bottom line. The theft of a company?s time, by employees means a loss in productivity and a financial cost to a business. An asset therefore becomes a liability and urgent, direct control measures need to be implemented. Teryl Schroenn has the answer.

Signficant changes to the world of work mean significant changes for the people who manage employees. In the modern workplace angry employees can now 'blog' against you, set up "employer X sucks" websites or even unleash viruses in your network! What is the role of Human Resources in this new environment? Our guest Master HR Practitioner believes that a new organisational culture is needed.

When we take a hard look at the road to increased growth in South Africa it is clear that the road ahead is barred by four very large stop signs. Dr Malcom Birkin, who will be speaking at the upcoming HRD Leadership seminar series, believes that we have to take a leaf out of China's book if we are to meet our objectives.

A Reddersburg farmer outside Bloemfontein in the Free State faces a possible charge of contravening the legislation that regulates child labour which prohibits the employment of children, if Labour Department inspectors investigating should find that a boy employed in his livestock farm is under-aged.

Changes in the nature of business in the last decade have placed new demands on Human Resource Practitioners. New research points to personal credibility as the key competency for HR people in this new era.

Studying for a National Diploma in Payroll Administration no longer requires many hours in a lecture theatre. A new online programme from Accsys is the first qualification of this type offered over the web in Africa, says MD Teryl Schroenn. "The virtual environment is ideal for this payroll course and ideal for people interested in embarking on a career in payroll administration," she says.

The global human capital development revolution means that employees are no longer commodities - they are assets. Organisations will need to invest in the acquisition, development and retention of their own talent resources, and become open, learning based environments where talent is recognised, nurtured and utilised effectively. The question is how! A new programme has the answers.

The reluctance of financial services companies to invest in skills development, combined with booming equity markets has lead to a serious shortage of skilled traders. According to Debbie Goodman of Jack Hammer, as soon as an employee leaves for a new company it sets off a chain reaction as employers resort to headhunting from their competition.

Students from the UCT Graduate School of Business will be continuing a tradition at the school - holding a one-day diversity conference just before Women?s Day. This year delegates will have the opportunity to get a first hand account from inspiring leaders on issues facing women in the workplace.

You might think that employee screening is something that can only happen before employment. Kirsten Halcrow explains that a high percentage of long-standing employees are implicated in serious fraud. She proposes post-employment screening as a tool for employers to quantify and manage their risk.

With current high absenteeism rates and HIV/Aids impacting more on the workforce, many local companies have realized that more focus should be placed on the implementation of employee wellness programmes. Brenda Cheshire explains that Blazing Moon Corporate Training has launched a programme that offers a new approach to EAP.

The Women in Management forum has heard that most people charged with bringing about gender transformation in the public sector have been appointed at very low levels. A call has been made for these individuals to be given the authority they need to perform their work.

South African women from all walks of life will meet in the Free State next month to launch the Progressive Women's Movement. The network, aimed at uniting the country?s women in diversity, the initiative follows a call by President Thabo Mbeki earlier this year to use 2006 to work towards a South African women?s social movement.

Bogus trade unions and employer organisations official records at the Department of Labour show that many unions and employer organisations are not in good standing as far as registration procedures and legal requirements expected from bona fide organisations are concerned.

Leading law firms are noticing that up to 60% of their candidate attorneys are female - a trend that mirrors international findings that more women are taking up legal studies. "This a much higher number than what we?ve been used to in what has always been seen as male- dominated profession," says David Lancaster from Webber Wentzel Bowens.

Human Resources Practitioners will have a unique opportunity to harness valuable personal insight while sharpening their practical HR skills on a brand new programme launching at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB).

In the current employment market companies need to adopt efficient decision-making processes if they want to nab high-flying employees - especially when sourcing "hard to find? candidates. "I?ve found that a surprising number of companies use drawn-out hiring procedures, especially when recruiting top-tier executives, which often results in them losing out on the best talent." says Debbie Goodman.

Employment creation and poverty eradication could not be exclusively limited to the labour market and therefore deserve dedicated attention and intervention by all stakeholders, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has said at the resumption of the roundtable discussions on possible changes to labour legislation.

Governments and civil society organisations of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland will assemble in Johannesburg in July to focus their efforts on combating child labour in the region.

The old mantra of keeping your personal problems personal is no longer valid in the modern workplace, According to GIMT Manager Ashleigh Cooper. She explains that management increasingly realise that our personal lives impact on our work, and ignoring this impact is not the most effective solution.

Human resource practitioners in the Department of Public Service met recently in Port Elizabeth to discuss the many new initiatives that the Department is running to strengthen the human resource function.

The lack of proper retention strategies is damaging SA companies dearly as replacing key staff is disruptive, expensive, time consuming and may even threaten the sustainability of an organization.

A 'smart leader' is so much more than just an intelligent one, says GIMT Academic quality director Wikus van Vuuren. They also possess more than emotional, spiritual and physical intelligence than their counterparts.

The Home Affairs Minister will use her discretion in extending the duration of the Intra-Company Transfer Permit for skilled immigrants seeking to work in South Africa.

In today?s highly competitive job market, many recruiters are damaging their clients? brands and turning off candidates by their poor management of the hiring process says Adcorp CEO Hilton Brown.

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