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Community Development Initiatives International (CDII) seeks your support

Community Development Initiatives International (CDII) 

CDII operates as a non profit company and is committed to supporting communities and encouraging sustainable livelihoods.…

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Added by Don Leffler on August 31, 2014 at 20:48 — 1 Comment


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Teacher Development gets support

Teacher Development gets support

 

NAPTOSA, the second largest Teacher Union, has put its weight behind SACE’s Teacher Development strategy.

 

Government’s strategy to introduce a formal professional development programme for Teachers was implemented early this year. At last weeks KZN Naptosa Congress some 400 participants gave support for the teacher development system developed by…

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Added by Don Leffler on August 23, 2014 at 16:48 — 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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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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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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What is an employer's duty to report on vacancies?

by Kirsten Caddy and Silindokuhle Malaza

The Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 (ESA) was assented to by President Jacob Zuma on 3 April 2014 and promulgated in the Government Gazette as legislation on 7 April 2014. The act will come into operation on a date to be proclaimed by the president in…

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Added by Lia Marus on June 18, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments


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Top 100 scarce skill occupations in South Africa

Top 100 scarce skill occupations in South Africa

 

A list containing the top 100 occupations in South Africa that are in short supply has been released for comment by the Department of Higher Education and Training. This list, which will be updated every two years, will…

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Added by sharon snell on June 15, 2014 at 2:47 — 13 Comments


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Lessons we can learn from the modern American HR director

HR directors are still not as prevalent as they should be in the C-suite of South African companies. For those looking to make the step up to the board, it's worthwhile to learn what it takes to cut it as an HR director and what issues the average HR director faces on a daily basis. In this article, I look at the average modern American HR director to find out what type of individual occupies this position, what…

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Added by Lia Marus on May 19, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments


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How Does a Company Assess its Communication Return On Investment (ROI)?

What is  Return on Investment (ROI)? Does one size fit all businesses? How does one assess ROI when it comes to communication, and particularly the training and coaching of communication skills? If your business is not grappling with these questions then it is likely missing out on a critical component of improving sales, customer experience, staff satisfaction, improvements in productivity and increases in revenue.…

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Added by Michelle Shippel on May 5, 2014 at 14:30 — 10 Comments


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Skills and innovation needed to fuel green growth

Skills and innovation needed to fuel green growth

South Africa has begun the process of adjusting our training provision to meet the new demands of the green economy. Developing green skills is the key to unlocking the employment and entrepreneurial…

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Added by sharon snell on April 22, 2014 at 13:13 — No Comments


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Why Can't The Man On The Street Learn To Speak ?

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 One of my favourite musicals "My Fair Lady" has always had, and always will have, a great and very positive impact on both my life and my work. Funnily enough, I was even referred to by one of my many clients as "the Fair Lady." The ability to communicate and express oneself genuinely, whether through a musical instrument, vocally, artistically or through dance has becoming…
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Added by Michelle Shippel on April 17, 2014 at 14:44 — No Comments


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Can you force employees to apply for their own jobs or face retrenchment?

by Ivan Israelstam

If you ever land up at the CCMA, you'll see retrenchment laws well summarised on their wall notices. Unfortunately, employers only get to see these summaries when it's too late, they've possibly unfairly dismissed an employee and the legal process has begun. In this article, find out what's the truth when it comes to retrenchment laws.

You don't need your employees' "permission" to retrench…

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Added by Lia Marus on March 28, 2014 at 6:00 — No Comments


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On the Forbes List’s Ladies and Professional Aggression

The latest Forbes’s list of global billionaires welcomes more newcomers than ever. The additions include moguls hailing from the US, China, Germany and Brazil. With a combined worth of US$510 billion, the group are currently worth more than the GDP of Norway.

Another record has been set with…

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Added by Chantel Harris on March 25, 2014 at 15:39 — No Comments


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The value of assessment centres in your recruitment strategy

by Lia Marus

 Last week, the HR Pulse team attended the 34th Annual Assessment Centre Study Group (ACSG) Conference at the Protea Hotel in Stellenbosch. Some of the top professionals in the assessment centre field participated in this event and provided insights into the assessment centre landscape. According to the ACSG committee, assessment centres have proven to provide rich layers of information for managerial…

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Added by Lia Marus on March 25, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments


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"A la Carte" Restaurant Communication

I recently attended a business lunch at a restaurant that I had not visited in several months. On arrival, I was greeted by the waiters and manager at the door and was then shown to my table. Once I was seated, the waiter handed me a menu and immediately asked me what I would like to drink. Seeing that I had just sat down, I decided to take a few minutes to make the decision. General greetings and exchanging of handshakes took place and within two minutes of having been seated,…

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Added by Michelle Shippel on March 24, 2014 at 10:07 — No Comments


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Skills degradation and obsolescence caused by long periods of unemployment need to be addressed

 

It can take up to 6 months or more to find a job during a period of unemployment. Globally, on average, the unemployed are experiencing longer periods of joblessness than before the financial crisis. Employers are favouring the newly unemployed when jobs do become available. This increases the risk of skills degradation and obsolescence. The resultant skills mismatch…

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Added by sharon snell on March 18, 2014 at 20:49 — 1 Comment


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Do our Kids Communicate like Techno-Tarzans?

As a follow up from my recent post, today's blog will deal with how we change our communication in terms of what we say and how, in order to fit in with the culture of a company and to suit the client's needs and requirements. According to George Bernard Shaw, "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." Communication is the manner in which we create a true connection with each other and it assists us in relaying messages…

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Added by Michelle Shippel on March 12, 2014 at 9:09 — No Comments

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