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Labour Court clarifies issue of annual leave

The question recently arose where employees had accumulated excessive annual leave, whether the employer could force its employees to forfeit the excessive leave not taken.

By Nicholas Preston 17 Apr 2014 07:16

What does a good boss look like?

We speak about good bosses and bad bosses all the time... okay, no wait, we actually only speak about bad bosses all the time.

By Chemory Gunko 11 Apr 2014 05:20

Dismissals must be based on fair reasons

Despite the allowance that dismissals for poor performance during or on the expiry of the probationary period may be based on less compelling reasons than would be required after the probationary period, the principle that dismissals must be based on fair reasons still stands.

By Jacques van Wyk 4 Apr 2014 06:57

Development projects key to poverty alleviation in rural areas

Studies indicate that only 21% of people in South Africa living under the minimum levels are resident in densely settled areas, meaning that 79% of our poorest citizens are rurally based.

By Abram Molelemane 4 Apr 2014 06:42

Praise to the media, but much else can be done

At times such as these, I want to sing the praise of those elements of our news media that show courage and doggedness.

By Anton Harber 28 Mar 2014 05:43

My father and I - a personal journey into business

My father was a great entrepreneur. He came to South Africa at the age of 20 with £5 pounds in his pocket and went on to build one of Johannesburg's most iconic retail food brands.

By Jason Xenopoulos, Issued by NATIVE VML 18 Mar 2014 10:39

The value of vulnerability

It works because it makes people trust you. It gives them the permission to do the same. It's safer to say that you don't know, than to pretend that you do. But it's hard because there's shame attached to it - it's a departure from the old model.

By Rowan Belchers 10 Mar 2014 11:15

Employees move on, so plan ahead

A lot of businesses find themselves bewildered when they are suddenly hit with unexpected challenges. Chief amongst these is losing an employee, particularly young workers, who tend to hop from one job to the other.

By Abram Molelemane 10 Mar 2014 09:29

Six million empty promises

The government's recent election manifesto promise to create six million new jobs over the next five years should have all of us very excited. Why then, do I feel like punching someone in the face?

By Anton Ressel 10 Mar 2014 09:09

Maximising social media channels for talent management

JOHANNESBURG: Over the past decade, social media has metamorphosed from being a college student pastime to a fully-fledged corporate phenomenon, resulting in a surge of interpersonal communication, the exchange of information and ideas, and virtual community building. The use of enterprise social networks (ESNs) is also on the rise. They work just like traditional social networks, but are designed with the business in mind.

By Yolandi Nortje 26 Feb 2014 11:40

Retirement: still a valid concept or heading for extinction?

In most countries, the concept of retirement is relatively recent, having been introduced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Until then, short life expectancy and the lack of financial provisions (pensions) meant that most workers continued to work until death. Germany was the first country to introduce an old-age social insurance program, in 1889, and thus the notion of retirement.

By Patrick Barker 26 Feb 2014 10:05

CareerJunction: CEO Kris Jarzebowski to retire in 2015

Kris Jarzebowski, the current CEO of Interactive Junction Holdings, will be retiring in June 2015.

By Vivian Warby, Issued by CareerJunction 24 Feb 2014 14:56

Innovation needed to bridge South African ERP users' skills gap

South African organisations are struggling to close the chasm between the skills of most of the people who make up their workforces, and the competencies these employees need to use complex enterprise business applications to their full potential.

By Lyndsey Moorhouse 24 Feb 2014 13:40

Warrant of arrest for Media Nova's Vaughan

The Master of the High Court in Cape Town has authorised a warrant for the arrest of Anthony (Tony) Vaughan, director of Media Nova and various other publishing companies.

By Glenda Nevill 19 Feb 2014 10:05

The SABC: Rotting from the top

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report on the SABC yesterday. The report - 'When Governance and Ethics Fail' - paints a damning picture of abuse of power, mismanagement, waste and corruption, and outright dishonesty at the public broadcaster.

By Rod Baker 18 Feb 2014 07:38

Two biggest mistakes recruiters make - and how to fix these

In the opinion of Andy Preston - global authority on cold calling and new business sales techniques - one of the biggest mistakes recruiters make is focusing more on recruiting for positions than on attracting clients and candidates.

By Lia Marus 17 Feb 2014 12:00

Use flexible working to attract and retain top talent

Flexible working used to be a benefit of salespeople and a few senior managers whose commutes were particularly long, but new technologies and the need to increase productivity have radically changed this landscape.

By Kirsten Morgendaal 17 Feb 2014 10:14

Alternatives to retrenchment

The latest Adcorp Employment Index (January 2014) indicates that the South African economy lost 36,290 jobs during January 2014. Unemployment, according to StatsSA, sits at 24.1% (or 4.8m people actively looking for work being unable to find jobs).

By Johan Botes 17 Feb 2014 09:42

Slouching towards Auckland Park

"The senior management at the SABC couldn't even be bothered to do the numeracy test that was required for a proper skills assessment. The entire senior management of the SABC is in a dire, dire state." Marian Shinn, Parliament 4 February 2005

By Ed Herbst 10 Feb 2014 08:08

Come on SABC, give us a break!

At the risk of being utterly boring once again banging on about the SABC, I feel as though some sort of bizarre sense of duty requires me to comment on the completely predictable findings of a PriceWaterhouseCoopers audit on the national broadcaster...

By Chris Moerdyk 7 Feb 2014 06:19

Business in SA: What happens if Julius comes to power?

As a nation, we tend to be morbidly hung up on dividing and giving away what exists. It's the classic 'less for all' approach. (Video)

By Douglas Kruger 29 Jan 2014 10:25

Unlocking the power of processes and systems

South African enterprises that want to drive better operational performance from their investments into new IT systems and business processes, must focus heavily on providing their people with the context, insights, thinking and skills they need to make the most of the tools they have to do their jobs.

By Lyndsey Moorhouse 27 Jan 2014 14:30

Make the office work for you in 2014

Every January, we begin the working year with high hopes of making it our most successful 12 months to date. While it is often overlooked, a critical place to start is your working environment.

By Linda Trim 24 Jan 2014 11:54

Are you a square peg in a round hole?

My first training assignment for 2014 was to train a new marketing manager in sales skills and strategy. The directors he was working for were less than happy with his sales performance and they were especially worried about his communication skills and Emotional Intelligence when it came to dealing with their valued customers.

By John French 24 Jan 2014 10:18

[2014 trends] Significant trends in employee engagement

2013 saw some definite shifts which give indications for 2014 - some necessitated by economics, others by the changing world of technology. There are some clear and significant trends that are being seen in the employee engagement world.

By Michelle Caldeira 24 Jan 2014 07:31

Make the office work for you in 2014

Every January, we begin the working year with high hopes of making it our most successful 12 months to date. While it is often overlooked, a critical place to start is your working environment. Indeed, having a great workspace is almost half the battle won - and with minimal effort and expense you can get it right!

By Linda Trim 23 Jan 2014 10:41

Mapping your employee's touch points

Companies spend an enormous amount of money mapping out customer touch points but why is the same approach not applied to employees?

By Jurgen Vogt 21 Jan 2014 09:07

Saving sub-standard employees: The door isn't always the answer

When the costs of hiring, training, and employment law compliance are all taken into account, most Human Resource (HR) departments realise quickly that saving a sub-standard employee through training, positive reinforcement and motivation is far more cost effective and desirable than firing one.

By Karen Burke 15 Jan 2014 06:33

Choose your most creative time

Creativity is at the core of this industry and both employers and employees need to ensure that they never run out of this precious resource. One way that is increasingly gaining momentum is the policy of flexi-hours.

By Laura Chiweshe 13 Jan 2014 11:19

Aligning your rewards strategy with your overall business strategy

Do you align your reward management model with your overall business strategy or vice versa? The usual management model is to create wealth and then share it, as in the company first focuses on business strategy, then HR management (people management), which is then followed by business results.

By Frew Murdoch 13 Jan 2014 11:07