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Are SA employers allowed to implement a compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy? (Part 1)

South Africa is now deeply within its second wave of Covid-19 infections, which appears to be significantly more widespread than that which prevailed during early to mid-2020. Since then, and in response to the pandemic, global efforts have successfully developed both expedited means of testing for the virus and, more recently, vaccines...

By Jason Whyte 2 days ago

Making a hospital space feel psychologically safer helped South African health workers

In a busy South African hospital recently, teams of nurses and doctors were given an unusual task. They had to figure out who could build the tallest freestanding structure out of nothing but spaghetti sticks and then balance a marshmallow on top. They had 20 minutes to work it out...

By Hamieda Parker 3 days ago

#BizTrends2021: Evolution of workforce skills demand - what the future holds

When reflecting on the fourth industrial revolution, a number of things immediately spring to mind... the industrial internet of things (IIoT), artificial intelligence (AI), robots and 3D printing for example. Regrettably, little attention is given to individual employees and workers in this emerging industrial world, unless one is discussing the concerns related to potential job losses...

By Lyndy van den Barselaar 3 days ago

5 project management trends taking control in 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic forced organisations to make a rapid shift to remote work and online project management. Project managers and teams suddenly have an even greater responsibility to communicate and collaborate effectively. According to a recent survey by PwC, this trend is set to continue. But what else can project managers expect in the new year?

By Alison Fergus 13 Jan 2021

10 biggest startup layoffs in 2020 hit 25,500

The global economy continues to relish from the coronavirus pandemic, with startups emerging as one of the most affected businesses. As a means of remaining afloat, save money, and readjust their business models, most startups have resolved to roll out massive layoffs.

By Justinas Baltrusaitis 13 Jan 2021

Dismissed without an enquiry? When is it legal...

Labour relations and the fairness standards for dismissal of an employee in South Africa have long been centred around the formality of disciplinary or incapacity enquiry processes, and the tradition of the usage of these processes has built up an expectation that they are mandatory...

By Bradley Workman-Davies 13 Jan 2021

5 key trends shaping the post-pandemic workplace

Most workers are looking forward to returning to the office, post-pandemic, with many saying they'd prefer to spend the majority of their work-week there to meet face-to-face, socialise, brainstorm, and connect with each other again...

13 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Communication - how business success will be determined in 2021

The speed with which the C-suite was tasked with managing monumental change as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold is unprecedented. However, one thing is becoming clear: no "new normal" is possible without robust new communication skills...

By Annelize van Rensburg 12 Jan 2021

3 easy steps to link time and attendance with productivity

Ensuring that a person is at work has become less of a management nightmare since the introduction of time and attendance software. The latest challenge, especially with remote workers, is ensuring that staff tend to work matters instead of personal tasks or pursuits...

By Michelle Coetzee, Issued by ERSBio 12 Jan 2021

What are SA's most in-demand jobs for the next decade?

Unemployment in South Africa remains an alarming issue. The country has among the highest youth unemployment rates globally with 58% of 15-24-year-olds not working. To add to the challenge, we are facing the rapidly changing skill set that is required by businesses...

By Jake Willis 11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: The post-pandemic workplace - a look at key trends

Putting the brakes on business travel and physical offices due to tech transformation...

By Johan Botes 11 Jan 2021

How to manage retrenchments in turbulent times

During the lockdown period from May to June 2020, the CCMA received 28,000 retrenchment cases. While we can expect these numbers to drop with the easing of lockdown regulations, it is imperative that organisations clearly understand the retrenchment procedure and how to ensure both employee and business are protected...

11 Jan 2021

Covid-19 and the 'aha' moment the workforce has been waiting for

Co-working is no longer the future of the working world, it is the present, and the potential for growth in the sector has never been higher...

Issued by Venture Workspace 11 Jan 2021

Constant change becomes ordinary in 2021, but only when managed

Organisations that make planned management of change the norm become more resilient and adaptable. Change needs to be part of the central business strategy in order to create adaptable and agile organisations...

By Francois Kriel, Issued by Kriel & Co 11 Jan 2021

Effective job search requires good emotion management

Searching for a job is an emotional roller coaster. Job seekers spend countless hours preparing and revising their resume, applying for jobs online, reaching out to their networks...

By Serge da Motta Veiga 8 Jan 2021

8 reasons to book now for #BizTrends2021 online

Here's a sneak preview of what you can expect from BizTrends2021 - Towards New Norths & New Narratives on Thursday, 28 January 2021. We invite you to join us as trend 'rockstars' point to new 'north stars'...

Issued by 7 Jan 2021

How the pandemic will shape the workplace trends of 2021

The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that the amount we work would gradually shrink to as little as 15 hours a week as technology made us more productive...

By Dave Cook 7 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Reinvent, redirect, discard and restore

2020 was the year never to be repeated. Or was it? GetSmarter surveyed the future of work, and the unfortunate refrain that keeps repeating is that in 2021 we can expect more of the same...

By Ann-Mari Höfinger 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Race and culture will be at the forefront of the corporate agenda

Traditionally, trends are a continuation of the growth and changes that societies, industries and markets are experiencing. 2020 accelerated some things and caused a complete upheaval in others. These are the three biggest cultural and leadership trends that I believe will shape businesses in 2021...

By Ian Fuhr 6 Jan 2021

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