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Like their global counterparts, South African companies and workers are grappling with a worsening economic outlook as we move into the second half of 2022. And as salary and incentive negotiation season nears, both parties have to grapple with the question of what constitutes fair compensation in light of the prevailing climate.


Key skills include digital literacy, problem solving, adaptability, critical thinking and being able to communicate effectively. While many of these essential skills which are touted for the future of work can be studied for, some are learned – and sometimes the long and arduous way.


Five years ago, Cynthia Mokgobu started a tiny farming operation in her backyard in the Limpopo village of Bochum. Today, she’s supplying vegetables to markets as far afield as Gauteng, and is well on her way to realising her dream of becoming a fully-fledged potato farmer and ensuring food security for her entire village.


The workplace is not what it once was. The pandemic accelerated shifts that were already gaining traction and, today, working environments are defined by increasingly hybrid arrangements, greater mobility and non-linear career shifts. Of course, these changes are also being accompanied by accelerated digital transformation and the rise of automation.


Mid-life is a time when many people reassess their priorities and decide to make a career change. The Covid-19 pandemic has also prompted employees of all ages to rethink their career paths, either due to personal preferences, or because of retrenchment and a shortage of work options.


Businesses in South Africa can debate the pros and cons of the hybrid work model all they like, but the fundamental truth is that Covid-19 has changed the rules, and now skilled workers are in a strong position to influence the employer/ employee environment to ultimately transcend the traditional company culture.


 The ongoing Covid-19 outbreaks suggest that a hybrid way of working could become the norm. This is especially likely in service industries where in-person presence is not as critical to operations. 


On 18 March 2022, the Minister of Employment and Labour (Minister) published the ‘Code of Good Practice on the Prevention of Elimination of Harassment in the Workplace’ (Harassment Code). The Harassment Code is effective from 18 March 2022. The Minister has, simultaneously, repealed the ‘Amended Code of Good Practice on the Handling of Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace’.


Both employers and prospective employees feel the pain of the recruitment process.  Job searches are often tense, drawn out and exhausting.  Both sides can benefit from a quicker, more accurate and less costly match. 


Whether the dismissal of an employee who accused a fellow employee of racism and threatened and intimidated her was substantively and procedurally fair.


When an employer contemplates retrenching employees it is required by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) to first consult about this prospect before making any decision to retrench. Where the relevant employees belong to a trade union the employer is required to consult with that union on a number of issues, the most important of which is any means of avoiding job losses. 


The ubiquity of mobile devices is aiding employees to transform businesses into more efficient, agile, and productive operations. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, discusses how this has led to the rise of tech-powered human resource and payroll solutions to help with employee management.


The presiding officer (PO) of a disciplinary hearing must hear the evidence from both sides properly in order to be able to consider it once the hearing is adjourned for purposes of a verdict. The PO then assesses the evidence collected at the hearing in order to decide whether the employee is guilty or not guilty of the charges. 


Even without the effects of Covid absenteeism is a most problematic form of misconduct because it reduces productivity. Most employers therefore require employees who are absent from work due to alleged illness to provide proof, in the form of a medical certificate and/or a positive Covid test result, that they were genuinely ill and not abusing sick leave for purposes unrelated to illness. 


People in various organisational functions and departments have had to work better together over the past few years. This has put renewed focus on how effectively human resources and payroll integrate. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, examines how human resources should work closely with payroll if companies are to remain effective.


The effects of the pandemic on employees around the world are real. In the US, more than 24 million people resigned between April and September 2021 in search of better pay, new challenges and greater flexibility. In the UK, the rate of resignation has reached its highest level in over a decade and employers are complaining that they are battling to recruit and retain staff.


When we look at the world of work, it’s easy to peg the changes and developments we’re currently witnessing on Covid-19. It was the pandemic, we say, that prompted the move to remote working. It was the pandemic that made us invest more heavily in virtual systems and processes, and to prioritise the skills that help people to work independently.


Labour law accepts the firing of guilty employees only if dismissal is the last resort. The Code of Good Practice: Dismissal provides that, where employers are considering dismissing an employee they should be able to justify this drastic sanction by proving that the employee’s misconduct is so serious that it makes continued employment intolerable. One factor that could constitute such intolerability is the employee’s breach of the trust relationship.


If you write a CV that impresses the recruiter or hiring manager; meet their job’s requirements; have all the qualifications they are looking for; and made their shortlist of candidates, the final step to seal the deal is to wow their socks off in the interview.


Learning how to juggle real life, busy careers, family responsibilities, social agendas and personal development is no easy feat. However, once the art is mastered, a whole new level of development can be unlocked.

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