Work-from-home is running out of fizz …

While 4IR is touted as the way of the future, and maybe it will be, the cracks in the idealised decentralised working model are beginning to appear…

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A welcoming office post-lockdown

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A welcoming office post-lockdown

Up to now, many employers could not have imagined that a work-from-home model could work for their business. Many may even have spent extra money on resources on equipment and infrastructure to enable employees to work from home during the crises. It would be wise to consider repurposing this expenditure, along with the lessons and skills learned, to improve the workplace environment and build on the positive effects of this “new normal.”

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Toxic work environment

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Toxic work environment

Research shows that 57% of employees – more than half – leaves a company due to management though it may be fairer to say they leave a toxic work environment due to bad management. With employers and HR managers spending countless hours and not a little bit of money trying to crack the “Employee Engagement Code” sometimes the answers to their staff morale problem is much closer to home. 

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What happens to employees when a business is sold?

The sale of a business as a going concern to new operator, or merging with another, is not an uncommon occurrence. This can be a stressful time though, not least of which for the employees of the business being sold as they fear for their job security. A seller should be mindful of his or her moral and legal obligation to employees well before the start of the actual process.

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Payroll: TERS extended to 15 August 2020

The Covid-19 Temporary Employers/ Employee Relief Fund (TERS) which was set up to assist employees who have suffered a loss of income or employment because of the lockdown, has been extended to 15 August 2020.

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Cut costs not staff

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Cut costs not staff

One cannot be blamed for feeling fatigued with the constant onslaught of Coronavirus news and updates, even in terms of business affairs. Unfortunately, this situation is unlikely to change in the short term and will certainly be a factor in the mid to long term as the fallout of the South African government’s harsh lockdown […]

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Positive Workplace Culture and Employee Engagement

A healthy, positive workplace culture is one where employees feel valued, safe, comfortable, and optimistic about their careers, opportunities, and growth options. This aligns very closely to the basic definition of an engaged employee. In fact, an engaged employee is a direct result of a strong company culture where an employee understands what is expected of them and what they are working toward. Engaged employees are more likely to stay positive, motivated, and committed to the company.

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Wellness is about more than a virus

Keeping employees healthy is currently one of the biggest priorities for business owners. The risk of a COVID-19 infection in the workplace not only threatens the continued and/or uninterrupted operation of a newly re-opened business after suffering a damaging lockdown, but also the overall productivity of the staff. This is an opportune time, then, to consider the wider impact of employee health and wellness on the overall business operation, and how it ties in with employee engagement.

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Re-engage employees through learning

Returning to work after the extended COVID-19 lockdown has proven to be a bit more challenging for many employees than they had expected. Where conventional wisdom would have said: “It’s just like riding a bike!” a more practical view would add: “Yes, but you forgot about fitness!”

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Employee Engagement in the post-lockdown world

As the lockdown eases and we carefully begin to piece together the pieces of our modern human lives, we find ourselves facing old questions in new guises. For the HR managers of the day, possibly one of the more challenging ones may be: How to reignite, improve and maintain employee engagement during the lockdown recovery?

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