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John Mc Loughlin
When your good guy goes bad

One of our clients recently ousted one of its most trusted employees, who had been using the company's clients, intellectual property and contacts to run his own business, in direct competition with his current employer.

By John Mc Loughlin 17 Sep 2014 08:24

Lyndsey Moorhouse
Strategy, not technology, should drive how organisations approach training their employees

South African companies should not treat e-learning as a one-size-fits-all solution for training employees in new business systems and processes, but instead regard it as one tool of many for making their business strategies come to life...

By Lyndsey Moorhouse 17 Sep 2014 07:09

Niteske Marshall
What really makes you employable?

Employability, it's the new corporate buzzword that has job seekers scratching their heads trying to find ways to make themselves more attractive to potential employers.

By Niteske Marshall 16 Sep 2014 14:27

Su-Mari Du Bruyn
Defusing conflict

There is a saying that variety is the spice of life. Most people prefer variety when it comes to choosing the right frame for their reading glasses, a tie, a shirt, a dress or shoes, but more often than not people are less interested in a variety of opinions...

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 12 Sep 2014 13:06

Godfrey Madanhire
Should you change career now?

When you start out in a career you have high hopes of achieving great success in your chosen field. Sometimes you realise such success, but sometimes life and circumstances get in the way. New opportunities might arise or you might develop new skills.

By Godfrey Madanhire 12 Sep 2014 11:57

Anton Ressel
Let's stop throwing stones in the well

There is a song called 'Traffic in the Sky' by laid-back musician Jack Johnson that contains a lyric that has always stuck with me...

By Anton Ressel 4 Sep 2014 09:13

Jane Stevenson
'Culture eats strategy for breakfast'

Companies spend time creating a strategy for their business and speak about objectives, research, goals, direction... but few speak about the actions and ownership required to achieve the strategy...

By Jane Stevenson 16 Aug 2014 08:04

Abram Molelemane
Dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace

While incidents are quite rare, sexual harassment does sometimes occur and you need to know how to deal with it.

By Abram Molelemane 14 Aug 2014 14:00

Arbitration requires transparency and openness
Arbitration requires transparency and openness

Our Constitution guarantees workers' right to strike - a right further entrenched in the Labour Relations Act (LRA), which also permits employers the right to lock workers out of the workplace pending resolution of such disputes.

By Aadil Patel 14 Aug 2014 11:46

Su-Mari Du Bruyn
Stronger together

The very nature of human beings echoes diversity. Diversity is really just differences amongst people on various aspects...

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 12 Aug 2014 07:38

Graham Paulsen
Social media: changing the face of modern recruitment

There's no doubt about it, social media has revolutionised recruitment.

By Graham Paulsen 11 Aug 2014 11:53

The rules of engaging with a new trade union
The rules of engaging with a new trade union

The right to strike is entrenched in the Constitution. The recent strikes in the platinum industry raise the question of how an employer engages with a new trade union.

By Verushka Reddy 7 Aug 2014 10:18

What Harvard taught me about running a business in SA
What Harvard taught me about running a business in SA

I was recently fortunate enough to attend an executive education course at Harvard Business School. Having access to US' leading business thinkers was a privilege and there were many excellent learnings which I'll attempt to share below.

By Rowan Belchers 6 Aug 2014 08:37

CPO brings strength of project manager into boardroom
CPO brings strength of project manager into boardroom

A common lament from project managers is that they are responsible, held accountable, and yet hold no authority.

By Yolandi Nortje 1 Aug 2014 07:39

Extending a job offer? Handle with care
Extending a job offer? Handle with care

Hiring new staff can be a very exciting time for a business: it represents growth, positive change and the chance to bring fresh new talent into the organisation. However, the hiring process can be daunting, because although most employers are well educated about the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, there are a number of less obvious risks associated with recruitment.

By Niteske Marshall 31 Jul 2014 12:34

[Habari #Tuongee2014] The creative adult is the child who survived
[Habari #Tuongee2014] The creative adult is the child who survived

Habari Media's Insights and Innovations Director, Byron John, covered the topic of creativity at this year's Habari Media Tuongee which...

By Ilse van den Berg 25 Jul 2014 08:15

When can a trade union be held in contempt of court?
When can a trade union be held in contempt of court?

In a judgment handed down by the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) on 12 June 2014 (Food and Allied Workers Union v In2food (Pty) Ltd, case number J861/2013), the LAC had occasion to consider the circumstances under which a trade union can be held in contempt of a court order prohibiting an unprotected strike.

By Kirsten Caddy 24 Jul 2014 06:47

Niteske Marshall
The only way is up...or is it?

Most people who work for a boss dream of one day being the boss. Or at least, being a boss, managing a team of people. The idea of climbing the corporate ladder to achieve this goal is one so many employees aspire to. But unfortunately...

By Niteske Marshall 23 Jul 2014 09:29

Su-Mari Du Bruyn
Dealing with absenteeism

With flu season in full swing, we are seeing renewed focus on absenteeism as businesses face the impact of reduced staff availability on their business.

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 21 Jul 2014 08:55

Abram Molelemane
The dire state of SA's born frees

The recent stats on youth unemployment in South Africa: 36.1% (an increase of 4% between 2008 and 2014), suggest a daunting reality - our born frees face a bleak future.

By Abram Molelemane 17 Jul 2014 09:30

Jenny Reid
Lessons from the NPA: When the past comes back to haunt you

More skeletons have fallen out of the National Prosecuting Authority's closet, throwing security flaws within government into the spotlight once again. Could this happen within your organisation?

By Jenny Reid 15 Jul 2014 07:43

Employers do not enjoy special protection against claims of defamation
Employers do not enjoy special protection against claims of defamation

Can an employer be held liable for defamatory statements made about an employee? The High Court recently confirmed that it can but that an employer may rely on the standard defences to such a claim to escape liability.

By Johan Botes 8 Jul 2014 07:23

Strike law flawed with lack of statutory mechanisms
Strike law flawed with lack of statutory mechanisms

The constitution entrenches the right to strike and the Labour Relations Act of 1995 (LRA) provides that workers may strike subject to the compliance with certain procedures which involve a compulsory mediation to be completed within 30 days of referral of the dispute. Failing settlement the strike can commence on the giving of 48 hours written notice.

By Richard Pemberton 4 Jul 2014 10:39

Making sure that your business is worth staying for
Making sure that your business is worth staying for

The truth about running any business is that, whether you like it or not, you're under pressure to keep your people.

By Rowan Belchers 4 Jul 2014 10:32

B-BBEE has become a complex set of rules and calculations
B-BBEE has become a complex set of rules and calculations

On 1 July 2014, Sandile Zungu, member of the Presidential Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Council, launched a new book that aims to be a strategic tool to assist companies to meet the new challenges of transformation.

By Brigitte Brun 2 Jul 2014 08:48

James Hurford
What makes a leader great... great communication

To become a great leader, you must become a great communicator. You cannot become a great leader, if you cannot speak well.

By James Hurford 24 Jun 2014 15:40

John Harvey
Medical aid and freedom of choice

The recent threat by Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters to withdraw from Parliament's medical aid scheme has placed the spotlight firmly on companies insisting that employees make use their preferred service provider(s).

By John Harvey 24 Jun 2014 08:05

Su-Mari Du Bruyn
Dealing with staff grievances

How you deal with a grievance determines whether it will work to your team's advantage or whether it will contribute to its demise. A grievance has to be dealt with constructively and with a plan, otherwise it is too easy to get pulled into the issue and create an even bigger mess.

By Su-Mari Du Bruyn 20 Jun 2014 11:56

Abram Molelemane
What to consider when you relocate for a new job

As someone who moved from a small up-country town to Cape Town to take up an internship with no guarantee of permanent employment, I went through all the doubts and emotions that accompany such a life-changing move.

By Abram Molelemane 19 Jun 2014 09:54

Difference between misconduct and poor performance
Difference between misconduct and poor performance

Very often there is a thin line dividing misconduct from poor performance. It is a distinction many employers fail to identify when disciplining their employees. They are not alone.

By Richard Pemberton 12 Jun 2014 09:22

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