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As organisation leaders get to grips with another challenging year, it is important to create nurturing and supportive environments to achieve long-term success and resilience. 


The potential penalty of R1 500 000 for a first offence highlights the seriousness with which the Department of Employment and Labour (DOEL) takes non-compliance and shows that they will not hesitate to bring the maximum penalty against defaulters.


What does diversity and inclusion really mean? This question has taken on added significance as we navigate the pandemic. As our people have had to adapt to a world where remote and hybrid working becomes the norm, company values and culture have never been more important.


Focusing in the office has long been difficult, especially since companies became evangelical about knocking down walls in the name of open plan collaboration and lowering costs. But now, after nearly two years at home for many people, the return can feel almost designed to undermine your productivity.


Studies have shown that empathy has far-reaching effects in the workplace. It is therefore increasingly recognised as a crucial leadership quality in the current global market. This is pivotal as it builds a community of trust within a company’s team and has a knock-on effect on its stakeholders and customers, contributing to the longevity and sustainability of a business.


As South Africa faces a lifting of some restrictions following the country’s move to lockdown Level 2, the impact of Covid on workplaces will remain for some time, and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, regardless of the progress of the pandemic, an expert says.


A good facilitator will be able to help your team make decisions and develop plans for future meetings. Facilitators can also provide suggestions and ideas and make sure that conversations stay on topic. A skilled facilitator will push your team to think more creatively, open up their minds to new ideas, and function as a process guide.


In the current economic downturn, people want to know what to do when times are tough. The truth of the matter is that when markets are buoyant, clients are often more optimistic and open to change. There are 4 key habits that we can apply when the going gets tough.


It is legally very dangerous for employers to discipline and fire employees  who commit offences due to illness or disability. For example, an employee who uses alcohol or narcotics and becomes addicted is legally classified as being ill and is protected by law.


Do you think appearance doesn’t count in the workplace? Well, think again. The quality of your work might be the most important thing but your appearance also leaves an immediate impression on your colleagues, including management.


A great deal of noble and important work has been done on DEI in recent years, but we have hit a ceiling. That’s largely because diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives tend to select a core set of visible demographic minorities, segment people into these groups, and assume they define the workplace experience.


Ivan Israelstam explains how a Corona virus KIT of Knowledge, Intelligence, and Teamwork will limit the potential damage not only to physical health, but also the economic health of  workers, employers, and the economy as a whole. 


Employers may believe that referring to any dishonest behaviour as "fraud" will help them in achieving a dismissal. However, as Ivan Israelstam explains "fraud" has a very specific meaning, and in order to sustain a dismissal decision at the CCMA, the employer needs to understand what is involved, and how to present the evidence to support this allegation.

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