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How to identify the perfect project leader in an interview

Although most experienced interviewers can spot an unreliable CV a mile away, there are a lot subtle challenges when it comes to hiring the perfect candidates for your business. This is especially true when it comes to employing someone to fill a leadership role.

Simply put, a great leader is not afraid of hard work, but not every hard worker is meant for leadership. How do we identify the candidate who would not only be a great employee, but also an asset to the business in…

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Added by Chantel Harris on July 29, 2014 at 13:00 — No Comments


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POPI offers SA business the chance to clean house

by Anne-Marié Pretorius

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is an opportunity for South African corporates to enforce sound business practices across the board and effectively 'clean house'. South African companies are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to information security spending but POPI encourages employers to update the aspects of business where personal information is affected, especially where many…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments


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Motivating employees - uphill battle or rolling stone?

by Peter McDermott

It's a tough time of year for employers who are struggling to motivate their employees. Generally speaking, motivated employees are more productive and more loyal (even through the tough times). A motivated workforce means less absenteeism and it's more viable financially to motivate an employee than paying the costs to replace an unmotivated one. But how do you go about motivating employees? I've done some research…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments


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Talent management is a vital edge in the digital agency world

by Andre Steenekamp

For a business that's so driven by its people, the digital agency environment is one characterised by high levels of staff turnover and burn-out. What's more, many agencies are also finding it difficult to keep their skills base up to date in an ever-evolving landscape. These realities show just how important it is for digital agencies to start thinking about talent management as a strategic priority. Management needs to take charge and understand that…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 23, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments


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We need to transform HR

by Lia Marus

The marketplace is constantly changing which begs the following question: in this fluctuating environment, how can companies succeed? The answer – said Professor Dave Ulrich at the recent Progress Conference presented by the Business Results Group in association with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) – is by changing the HR system in your company. You can ensure that your company's HR system is turned around by marrying strategic HR and HR…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 22, 2014 at 8:00 — 4 Comments


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The Protected Disclosures Amendment Bill: The whistle gets louder

By Dave Pattle and Grant Wilkinson

The Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) essentially allows employees to make certain disclosures to various bodies about their employers' conduct while being protected from any disciplinary action or any form of occupational detriment. The public have now been asked to offer comment on proposed amendments to this PDA. In short, the proposed amendments seek to extend the scope of the Act, include a greater…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 21, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments


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What incentives do employees respond well to?

by Lia Marus

The chronic skills shortage we're experiencing in this country is making it very difficult to retain one's staff because recruiters and other companies are hungrily preying on those who have those skills which are in such short supply. Company loyalty has become a thing of the past because of the tough economic times we find ourselves in and employees will go to the employer who pays the most.Is it possible to retain…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 11, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments


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Stakeholder engagement is key to balancing employer/employee requirements

by Kim Lombard

This is part two of a three-part series.

If you want to balance your needs with those of your employees, the trick is to engage all your company's stakeholders in authentic and transparent communication. This so that you can design a…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 9, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments


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What to do when your employees won’t follow your lead

by Juliet Newton

 It's all terribly simple. You're in a managerial role because you've proven yourself and have been the most adept at 'getting stuff done'. Unfortunately, being responsible for employee management isn't simple: achieving an objective yourself, and the ability to get a group of people to achieve those same goals, are two very different skills sets. What happens when your team won't move in the same direction or aren't…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 8, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments


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HR directors: A detailed profile

by Frew Murdoch

Today, South African business faces a variety of human resources-related challenges, from workforce instability and talent management strategy through to regulatory compliance needs. "Perhaps the most significant of these challenges," says Anja van Beek, HR director at Sage VIP, "lies in aligning the company's people, with the vision of its leadership and the culture of the company." In this context, what are the most…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 3, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments


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The Hunt for the Perfect Employee

Google is well-known for its rigorous interviewing process and its out-of-the-box interview questions. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working, and they can command the best of best of the best. Don’t think you have to wait until you’re a big shot like Google before you can start being more picky and get a team of superstars. It’s when you’re employing the best that you become the…

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Added by Chantel Harris on July 2, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments


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Aligning personal and company values

by Cynthia Schoeman

Values can be different for different people. These differences can also lead to inconsistences between employees' personal values and the values of the organisation. Acting against this may appear to be curtailed by the fact that everyone enjoys the right to their personal values, a right supported by the bill of rights in the constitution. This personal right doesn't, however,…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 2, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments


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5 Reality checks for recruiters

by Kay Vittee

Career advice articles litter the Internet - how to write a cover letter, how to write a CV, how to interview well and how to get the 'dream job'. Most articles repeat the same-old sage advice that quite frankly most career seekers should already know. Some try to get creative with clever intros and themes but most simply skim the surface of what is a really deep and desperate issue. They tiptoe around the truth with euphemisms and…

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Added by Lia Marus on June 25, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments


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How sick is your sick leave?

Most managers have a love-hate relationship with sick leave. We want to be understanding and compassionate – after all, as employees will tell you, they don’t ask to be sick. On the other hand, sickness seldom strikes at…

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Added by Ian Webster on June 23, 2014 at 10:06 — No Comments


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Are Managers Born or Made?

Is good management a natural aptitude that someone is either born with or not? Or must talent first be developed through training and experience? This is an interesting question to ask, because it leads to another, more pressing one: can anyone be a manager?

Arguing the case that managers are born

If you wanted to make this side of the argument, you would say that not everyone is cut out to be a manager – and that sounds like a fair statement to make. …

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Added by Chantel Harris on June 18, 2014 at 15:40 — 2 Comments


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The danger of burnout

by Celéste Olivier

Have you ever (or overhead one of your employees complaining about) felt that every day is a bad day or caring about your work or home life is a waste of energy? Are you exhausted all the time? Do you feel nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated? If you, or one of your employees, answered 'yes' to one or more of these questions, you might be on the brink of a burnout. The good news is that this can…

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Added by Lia Marus on June 17, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments


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Forcing changes to employment T’s&C’s could land you in court

by Ivan Israelstam

You might find yourself in the situation of needing to change employment terms and conditions because, for example, new technology may result in changes to working hours and in today's world of rapid economic change, this is commonplace. However, many employers have no idea about how to make the necessary changes. Labour law severely restricts your right to make such changes without the employees' consent so you need…

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Added by Lia Marus on June 9, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments


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The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Conflict in the Workforce

When people think of conflict in the workforce, they often think of shouting, swearing, passive aggression, tantrums and other such lovely facets of human interaction. However, conflict not only can be a good thing, but a vital ingredient of a healthy and productive work environment.

This might be a new concept to you. If you know how to recognise the differences between good and bad conflict, you’ll be better equipped to facilitate the good kind in the work place. The kind of…

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Added by Chantel Harris on May 20, 2014 at 13:54 — No Comments


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Embrace HR technology to enable your workforce digitally

by Frew Murdoch

Roughly 17 years ago –the pre-Google age – there was not much of a relationship between HR technology and business. But since Google's launch, there has been a flood of HR technology revolutions, for example, LinkedIn was formed and smartphones entered the market. HR technology and your workforce are now driving the decisions that are made when we engage internally and externally in our businesses. This means digitally…

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Added by Lia Marus on May 12, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments


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Treat your employees like you would your customers

by Lia Marus

Today, companies not only have to provide excellent products and innovative ideas but they also have to have the after-sales service to back up their offerings. This is a critical part of any company and 97% of CEOs out there appreciate this requirement. Your employees now want to be treated like customers, which means that HR needs to change the way it delivers the service they provide. What does this mean?

Our…

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Added by Lia Marus on April 25, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

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